Spur Change 2020 National Training on Data Collection through Project Cycle

OCIC and Spur Change invite Small and Medium-sized Organizations (SMOs) to a one-day intensive workshop on making data collection meaningful. The Toronto workshop will be held on March 3, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex (720 Bathurst St, Toronto). Please read through the following guidelines and criteria before registering.


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This one-day intensive workshop organized by Spur change in collaboration with the Inter-Council Network (ICN) members will be a practical hands-on experience for participants to dive deeper into data collection design, participatory and feminist approaches, and technology for data collection. Together we will explore key tips and tricks for improving data collection and management and involving local partners and community members in data collection.

We will review gender-sensitive, feminist and community-led approaches to data collection, and apply learning through case studies and shared experiences. Participants will talk through and engage in hands-on exercises to make decisions on using technology for data collection, based on an understanding of the pitfalls, opportunities and best practices for going digital. We will also share the top technology tools and app options for SMOs. At the end of the day you will leave with practical ideas, new M&E friends and more enthusiasm, skills and tools for ensuring your data collection is easy, empowering and impactful to you and your organization.

Through a mix of practical activities and examples of effective practice you will learn how to:

  • Design a data collection strategy, including deciding what to measure and how to measure it with the engagement of different stakeholders;
  • Use gender-sensitive, feminist, and participatory methods for data collection and stakeholder engagement;
  • Apply community-led data collection options, decide when it makes sense to do so, and assess implications for the project;
  • Identify and prioritize data collection software needs and choose and use technology tools and apps.

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All SMOs meeting the following Global Affairs Canada criteria across Canada are invited to participate in the program.

  • The consolidated revenue in the organization’s financial statements is equal to or less than $10 million (this limitation does not apply to educational institutions);
  • The organization does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in development assistance (i.e. projects administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective – regardless of the funding source);
  • SMOs can be civil society organizations, education institutions, private sector or social enterprises;
  • SMOs must be legally incorporated in Canada.

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Given the high volume of prospective SMOs in Ontario with interest in this training, “registration” through Eventbrite is the first stage in the process. Applicants will be assessed individually by OCIC on a rolling basis, and will be approved following confirmation of your eligibility.

SMOs may register one participant each, and should discuss internally who is best suited to attend. Any individual that registers interest in participating in this training must indicate that you have been endorsed by your CEO, Executive Director or relevant senior leader, as your organizational representative, and must provide their contact information to enable OCIC to verify this. Additional representatives may express interest in participating, should there be space. Once approved, registrants must inform OCIC if you are not able to attend by no later than Thursday, February 27, 2020, 9:00 am EST, in order to ensure that others on a waiting list are able to access this training.

We look forward to welcoming a diverse group of participants to this free training opportunity.

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