June 2014 eNewsletter

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June 2014 – Volume 7, Issue 6
July E-Newsletter deadline is June 24.


Health in Common News
Learning Opportunities
Funding Opportunities
Health and Sustainability Promotion

Health in Common News

***LAST CHANCE*** Register today for the 2014 Summer Institute in Program Evaluation!

Want to learn how to do program evaluation?

The fifth annual Summer Institute in Program Evaluation is coming soon! The annual Summer Institute brings together an inter-sectoral group of community-based practitioners and university students to exchange information about evaluation for improved planning and delivery.

When: June 2 – 6, 2014
Where: University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

New Directions Evaluation Training – Working together to get results!

Staff at New Directions are nearing the end of their evaluation ‘boot camp’ – four days of learning and fun geared to finding ways to evaluate New Directions programs.

Every Thursday in May participants have met to work on evaluation frameworks for their programs. Through discussion and feedback, staff focus on achievable, measurable evaluation that can be integrated into daily work.

Interested to flex your evaluation muscles? Contact us to discuss evaluation training for your organization!

Evaluation Training



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Learning Opportunities

Around Manitoba
Various Locations & Distance Education
Outside Manitoba

Around Manitoba 


Volunteer Manitoba – Volunteer Management Level 1 – June 17-19


Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations Inc – Disability Awareness Training – June 4

Manitoba Public Health Association – MPHA 2014 Public Forum & Annual General Meeting – June 17 ***NEW***

Tamarack – Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes – November 18-20 

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Various Locations & Distance Education

Wellness Institute – Get Better Together! – Various dates and locations

Canadian CED Network – CoopZone Online Training Program – Various dates

Propel Centre for Population Health – Flavoured Tobacco Use Among Canadian Youth – June 3 ***NEW***

Volunteer Manitoba – Rethinking Retention – June 3 ***NEW***

Arts Health Network Canada – What Does Art Have To Do With Health? – June 4

Canadian Health Human Resources Network – Building a Healthcare Human Resource Database Index: 5 Not-So-Simple Steps – June 5

Canadian Health Human Resources Network – The Law and Interprofessional Collaboration in Canada – June 10 ***NEW***

CHNET-Works! – An implementation evaluation of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health: A qualitative study – June 12 ***NEW***

Canadian Diabetes Association – Type 1 Diabetes – Diabetes Equipment – June 12 

Healthy Canada by Design – Incubating Active Transportation and Healthy Urban Design – June 17 ***NEW***

Canadian Health Human Resources Network – Moving from Barriers to Facilitators: Funding and Remuneration Models that better Optimize Health Professional Scopes of Practice – June 19 ***NEW***

Canadian Health Human Resources Network – Health Professions Regulation in the U.S.: What Are the Issues? – June 24 ***NEW***

Canadian Diabetes Association – Type 2 Diabetes – Medications and Starting Insulin – June 25

CHNET-Works! – How to Better Understand and Support Older Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities in the Workplace – June 25 ***NEW***

CHNET-Works! – Identifying the Service Needs of Urban Aboriginal Women Dealing with Co-morbid Diabetes, Mental Health and Addiction Issues: A research in progress – June 26 ***NEW***


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Outside Manitoba

Antigonish, NS

COADY International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University – Community-Driven Health Impact Assessment – June 4 – 20 

Halifax, NS

Tamarack – Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes – June 2-4 

Kitchener, ON

Tamarack – Community: Programs and Policies – June 23-26 

Montreal, QC

International Political Science Association – 23rd Congress of Political Science: Challenges of Contemporary Governance – July 19-24 ***NEW***

EcoHealth 2014 – Connections for Health, Ecosystems, and Society – August  11-15

Munich, Germany

Evidence Based Public Health – European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) – July 14-18 ***NEW***

Ottawa, ON

Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC)  – New Partnerships and New Approaches for Chronic Disease Prevention

Canadian Evaluation Society – 35th Evaluation Conference – June 15-18, 2014



Funding Opportunities

Funding Deadlines Calendar

Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program

Arts Development Project Support Program (ADPS)

Assiniboine Credit Union

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Canada Summer Jobs

Canadian Institute for Health Research, Funding Opportunities Database

Canadian Rural Research Network (list of funding opportunities)

Canadian Tire Jump Start – Deadline: June 1, 2014

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Carolyn Sifton Foundation

Celebrate Canada

Communities 4 Families

Designated Heritage Buildings 

Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund

Earth Day Canada, Hometown Heroes Award Program 

FCC AgriSpirit Fund – Deadline: June 12, 2014

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Heart & Stroke Foundation Manitoba Primary Prevention Challenge 

Heritage Canada Building Communities through Arts & Heritage Local Festivals Grant

Hometown Green Team

Hometown Manitoba

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

KidSport – Deadline June 15, 2014 (Winnipeg region)

Lake Winnipeg Foundation – Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program

Manitoba After School Arts Enrichment Program

Manitoba Camping Association Sunshine Fund

Manitoba Community Arts Council Grants

Manitoba Community Museums Grant Program

Manitoba Community Places Program

Manitoba – Localized Improvement Fund for Tomorrow 

Manitoba  Community Services Council

Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism

Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarship

Manitoba Heritage Grants Programs – Deadline: June 1, 2014

Manitoba Hydro Commercial Custom Measures

Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program

Manitoba Lotteries Corporation

Manitoba Water Stewardship Fund

Mountain Equipment Coop Community Contributions

National Crime Prevention Centre

Neighbourhoods Alive! Lighthouses

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

New Horizons for Seniors

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge

Regional – Community Sport Development Grants and Programs

RCMP Foundation

Selkirk & District Community Foundation, Games Legacy Fund

Sport Manitoba

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – Deadline: July 15, 2014

Urban Green Team

Young Canada Works

Youth Take Charge

Winnipeg Arts Council

Homelessness Partnering Strategy – Aboriginal Homelessness Funding Stream

Western Canada Summer Games Legacy Fund

Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program

Winnipeg Foundation Community Grants

Winnipeg Foundation Camps & Summer Programming Grants

Winnipeg Foundation EnviroGrants Program

Winnipeg Foundation Literacy for Life Fund – Deadline: June 1, 2014

Winnipeg Foundation Nourishing Potential Grants Program

Western Communities Foundation

Women in Sport Encouragement Fund

Women to Watch (Sport Manitoba)

Wonder+ Cares Healthy Active Kids Grant


BioMed Central Public Health – How can knowledge exchange portals assist in knowledge management for evidence-informed decision making in public health?

Center for Community Health and Evaluation – Do Health Impact Assessments make a Difference?

Centre for Science in the Public Interest – Healthy Meeting Toolkit

Environmental Health Perspectives – Shared Burden: Public Health Impact of Nine Environmental Pollutants in Europe

National Climate Association – Climate Change Impacts in the United States

The Lancet – Canada’s Oil Sands Residents Complain of Health Effects

World Health Organization – Combined or Multiple Exposure to Health Stressors in Indoor Built Environments


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Health and Sustainability Promotion Days – June

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Recreation and Parks Month

Commuter Challenge – June 1-7

Canadian Environment Week – June 1-7

World Environment Day – June 5

World Blood Donor Day – June 14

National Aboriginal Day – June 21


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Building relationships for evaluation

When Health in Common began working with the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre (NPDWC), information was needed for funders and ongoing program planning. Staff had limited time and evaluation knowledge.

Health in Common took the time to develop a relationship with and learn about the centre’s evaluation needs and capacity. We worked with staff on an evaluation plan that provided important information about programs while meeting reporting needs.

Evaluation principles and techniques were introduced so that NPDWC staff can confidently use evaluation.

To help build evaluation capacity, the relationship between Health in Common and NPDWC grew beyond the formal project timeframe.

Just like with NPDWC, we are here to answer questions and provide support for all your evaluation needs.

Contact us to support skill development.

Building models to share and evaluate knowledge exchange

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) bridges research and practice by making evidence accessible to public health practitioners and policy makers (a process often referred to as ‘knowledge exchange’).

NCCID asked Health in Common to develop and implement evaluation processes measuring how NCCID’s knowledge exchange activities impact public health practice and policy.

This essentially asked: How can you measure the impact of knowledge exchange?

Health in Common worked closely with NCCID to understand the evaluation challenges of an organization that has a wide range of programs and services offered across organizations, sectors and the country. With NCCID staff input, Health in Common developed a Knowledge Exchange Model showing how NCCID gathers, summarizes and shares evidence among stakeholders.

Based on this model, data collection and management processes were revised, using existing technology so there was less reliance on paper and manual data entry. Health in Common also developed a survey to solicit feedback from NCCID stakeholders and target audiences on the impact of these changes.

Best selling strategic plans

‘Top-down’ strategic planning can sometimes side-step input from key members of the organization. The result is a plan that reads like fiction and sits on a shelf with little buy-in.

Green Action Centre, a Winnipeg-based non-profit organization that promotes greener living for Manitobans, wanted to develop a strategic plan that reflects the agency’s vision for a more sustainable Manitoba.

Health in Common engaged stakeholders through an online survey to find out their use, understanding and satisfaction with Green Action Centre services, as well as about the Centre’s role and potential opportunities.

Health in Common facilitated two focus groups to learn more, speaking with partners who share Green Action Centre’s interest in a greener Manitoba. A planning day was also attended by staff and board members to explore the realities, priorities, challenges and opportunities that face the Centre.

As a result, Green Action Centre had a strategic plan informed by community input and a work plan that shows what needs to happen and when.

Contact us for planning support.