Impact: Building Organizational Capacity in Comprehensive Program Evaluation


IMPACT is OCIC's three-course training initiative that builds organizational capacity to better conceive, conduct, and communicate the impact of sustainable international cooperation and community development initiatives.

IMPACT's online learning streams help Ontario non-profits improve their understanding of comprehensive program evaluation, increase their ability for monitoring and assessing progress, and strengthen their capacity for analyzing and communicating results.

While each learning stream can be taken as a stand-alone training, participants are strongly encouraged to participate in all three learning streams over the lifetime of this initiative, or to access the online resources and self-study materials that are publically accessible on the OCIC eLearning Platform



IMPACT Learning Stream Synopsis

Stream A icon: Three silhouettes connected to a single thought bubble with gears inside of it. Stream B icon: Silhouette of a person with a clipboard speaking to two other people. Stream C icon: Silhouette of a person with a speech bubble at top centre, addressing a group of three people.

Stream A: Conceptualizing Comprehensive Program Evaluation 
Conceptualizing Comprehensive Program Evaluation will introduce key concepts in program evaluation, including identifying purpose, securing stakeholders’ buy-in, identifying required tools, and considering feasibility. Participants will improve their capacity to develop and integrate risk assessment and mitigation approaches, and increase their understanding and use of benchmarking in their program evaluation practice. 

Click here to view the Stream A overview video

Stream B: Impact Assessment Methodologies and Practice 
Impact Assessment Methodologies and Practice will enhance participants’ capacity to monitor and access progress, and to understand when to adopt new monitoring and evaluation methodologies, such as the Logical Framework Approach, Most Significant Change, Appreciative Inquiry, Value for Money, Social Impact Assessment, and use of counterfactuals. Participants will learn when and how to use surveys, focus groups, interviews and counterfactuals, effectively. 
Stream C: Articulating Impact to Diverse Audiences 
Articulating Impact to Diverse Audiences will introduce data analysis and interpretation techniques using accessible tools, and will improve participants’ use of data visualization and storytelling to highlight impact. Participants will gain insights into how to use findings in making decisions, in organizational development, and in demonstrating success, achievements and impact on their social missions.


Who is eligible for IMPACT Training?
IMPACT training is offered FREE to participants who are part of an Ontario-based non-profit organization or voluntary group. 

How do I register for upcoming courses?
Registration is closed, however please login to the eLearning Platform to access downloadable toolkits

How will I be supported in my online training? 
The learning of training participants will be supported by OCIC’s Monitoring & Evaluation IMPACT Trainers and Program Manager for the duration of each course. Training participants will also be encouraged to contribute to the course-based Peer Learning Forums by initiating and responding to peer discussion threads, seeking advice and feedback on your work, and developing relationships with other practitioners.  


IMPACT Evaluation in Practice Summit - March 14, 2017

OCIC will be hosting the IMPACT Evaluation in Practice Summit on March 14, 2017 at the Center for Social Innovation at 192 Spadina Avenue. This Summit will be an opportunity for IMPACT participants to share the knowledge and skills gained through the IMPACT program and how they have transformed their organizational practices with respect to how they conceive, conduct and communicate the impact of the work they do.  
Missed the IMPACT Summer Insitute? Watch video highlights here:


For more information about the IMPACT Program, please contact Piyali Chakraborti, OCIC Monitoring & Evaluation Program Manager, at: