CESBC Webinar: From the Funder's Perspective: Different Ways to Think about Assessing Impact

  • 18 Mar 2022
  • 12:00 - 13:00
  • Online Webinar (PDT)

CESBC Webinar :

From the Funder's Perspective: Different Ways to Think about Assessing Impact presented by Meagan Sutton and Karen Gelb  

WHEN:  Friday, March 18 2022 from 12 pm to 1 pm Pacific Time

WHERE: CESBC webinars take place online using Zoom platform. You can check your computer's requirements here

COST: Free (long distance charges may apply if you dial in rather than use Zoom app)


REGISTRATION: Register on Zoom 

Webinar description:


Webinar Objective: to explore the topic of how funders measure their impact and to share how Meagan and Karen are evolving the approach to measurement at Social Venture Partners Vancouver (SVP)*

Measuring impact as a funder can be tricky, and the process looks different from organization to organization. Much like other organizations, we in the funding space have to navigate the expectations of those to whom we are accountable while ultimately answering the question of whether our granting portfolio is “making a difference.” And just like the organizations themselves, we are trying to answer this question in the midst of a pandemic, where programs have had to continually adapt their intended outcomes and program goals.

Karen and Meagan will share the story of how they are evolving the way Social Venture Partners* assesses its own impact in response to two considerations: 1) a necessity for increased adaptability and flexibility in response to the pandemic, and 2) considering the impact their granting processes and systems have on their grantees, something all too often missed by funders in their self-evaluations.

*Social Venture Partners Vancouver provides capacity building grants and hands-on support to charities focused on children and youth in the lower mainland.

We encourage you to think about questions you want to ask prior to the event and send your questions to cesbc.lowermain@gmail.com with the email heading "CESBC webinar March 18, 2022 / Questions". There will be opportunities to ask questions during the event as well.

Who should attend:

  • Evaluators who work for or with organizations that distribute grants
  • Evaluation consultants who support social purpose organizations and want to understand more about the funder's perspective
  • People interested in learning more about evaluating the impact of administrative systems on program recipients
Biography of presenters:

Meagan Sutton Meagan currently works at Social Venture Partners (SVP) as the Director of Community Capacity and Impact. She is responsible for directing and managing SVP’s capacity building programming and for evaluating SVP’s impact. She brings a broad perspective on the social impact sector, having worked with nonprofits, social enterprises, and funders. Prior to her role at SVP, Meagan was based in Nairobi, Kenya working as a Regional Senior Manager at Living Goods — a social enterprise focused on reducing childhood mortality in rural Kenya and Uganda. She has studied business (MBA Oxford Saïd) and cultural anthropology (BA Notre Dame) and has a certificate in Evaluation for Social Change and Transformational Learning (SFU).

Karen Gelb joined SVP as Social Impact Coach in November 2020. She works with organizations to support their evaluation and impact measurement work - this includes the development of evaluation plans, and helping organizations to identify, collect, and use evidence to address their information needs.

Outside of her role at SVP, Karen works as a consultant, using research, evaluation, and leadership tools to support initiatives focused on enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities. She is passionate about linking individual experiences and governing systems to inform responsive policies and programs, develop engaged communities, and support attuned leadership. Karen has a background in social and health policy research. She has a Master’s degree in Studies in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria, and a BASc, Family and Social Relations for the University of Guelph.

If you have any questions, please contact Damien Chen / Reilly Baldwin, CESBC Lower Mainland Coordinators at cesbc.lowermain@gmail.com.

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