As part of our goal to share and document our work, Health in Common will be featuring blog posts every month highlighting recent projects we’ve worked on.

A Workshop Evaluation Tool for the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety

By Cassie, Planning and Evaluation Facilitator

It’s March, which is fiscal year end for many of the non-profits we work with. Wrapping up many of my projects has me reflecting on this past year and all the great organizations I had the chance to work with.

While I love long-term projects where I get to see a program evolve over time, there is something so satisfying about helping an organization with a quick and effective solution to a particular issue. One organization that stands out to me is the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS). MIPS promotes patient safety and works to make it safe to ask questions and engage in our healthcare. In December 2019 they reached out to us for support in developing a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of their workshops. They needed a tool that was effective at measuring change but short, simple, and user-friendly. It was important to them that the tool be in plain language and accessible to the wide variety of folks they provide training to.

We worked with the MIPS team to develop a retrospective pre-post survey. This type of survey is well-suited to workshops and short interventions that aim to shift participant knowledge, attitudes or behavior.

Here’s a snapshot of what it looks like:

We know that staff at MIPS are busy delivering workshops and connecting with folks in the community.  Data analysis can be a time-consuming effort, so we developed an Excel database that automatically analyzes their data as soon as it’s entered.

It was great working with you, MIPS!

Around Manitoba


Volunteer Manitoba
Basics of Non-Profit Bookkeeping
March 4

Mediation Services
Mediation Skills 1
March 10-12

United Way Winnipeg
Evaluation Tools: Surveys & Questionnaires
March 10

Health in Common
Develop a Program Evaluation Framework
March 11

Volunteer Manitoba
Writing Persuasive Proposals
March 12

United Way Winnipeg
Donor Stewardship 101
March 13

Volunteer Manitoba
Introduction to Volunteer Management 
March 17-19

Mediation Services
Transforming the Argument
March 19

United Way Winnipeg
Legal Risk in Charitable Fundraising
March 24

Volunteer Manitoba
Roles and Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board
March 31

United Way Winnipeg
Managing Nonprofit Risk Confidently
April 2 New

United Way Winnipeg
Real Leadership in the Nonprofit World: Strengthening Your Personal Resilience & Focus AND Creating Thriving Workplaces
April 3 New

United Way Winnipeg
Creating and Maintaining a Truly Engaged & Impactful Nonprofit or Charity Board
April 4 New

Mediation Services
Introduction to Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People
April 7-8New

United Way Winnipeg
Demonstrating Value: Building Value Stories for Programs and Services
April 7 New

Volunteer Manitoba
Creating Connections to Build Retention
April 7 New

Volunteer Manitoba
Financial Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board
April 15 New

Mental Health Awareness and Support
April 16 New

United Way Winnipeg
Visual Planning: Logic Models & Theory of Change
April 16 New

United Way Winnipeg
Planned Giving and Bequests
April 21 New

Mediation Services
Mediation Skills 2
April 21-23 New

Mediation Services
Mediation Skills for Leaders
April 28-29New

Management and Supervision: The Crucial Skills
April 29 New

Summer Institute in Program Evaluation
June 1-5

Various Locations & Distance Education

Online Continuing Training Course – A Framework for Analyzing Public Policies

Peer to Peer Webinar Series
Various dates

Wellness Institute
Get Better Together!
Various dates

Outside Manitoba

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

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Carolyn Sifton Foundation

Celebrate Canada

City of Winnipeg Community Incentive Grant Program 

Communities 4 Families

Designated Heritage Buildings

Employment and Social Development Canada

FCC AgriSpirit Fund

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Healthy Canadians Grants

Hometown Green Team

Deadline March 15 (Winnipeg region)

Lake Winnipeg Foundation

The Lawson Foundation
Active Outdoor Play Grant

Manitoba After School Arts Enrichment Program

Manitoba Camping Association Sunshine Fund

Manitoba Community Arts Council Grants

Manitoba Community Museums Grant Program

Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism

Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarship

Manitoba Heritage Grants Programs

Manitoba Hydro Commercial Custom Measures

Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program

Manitoba Water Stewardship Fund

Mountain Equipment Coop Community Contributions

National Crime Prevention Centre

New Horizons for Seniors

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge

Regional – Community Sport Development Grants and Programs

RCMP Foundation

Selkirk & District Community Foundation

Sport Manitoba

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Urban Green Team

Young Canada Works

Youth Take Charge

Winnipeg Arts Council

Western Canada Summer Games Legacy Fund

Winnipeg Foundation Community Grants

Winnipeg Foundation Literacy for Life Fund

Western Communities Foundation

Women to Watch (Sport Manitoba)

Health and Sustainability Promotion

Music Therapy Awareness Month

Nutrition Month

World Lymphedema Day
March 6

International Women’s Day
March 8

World Glaucoma Week
March 10-16

World Water Day
March 22

Purple Day
March 26