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Learning and Evaluation for Poverty Reduction

Public Policy Paper by Sherri Torjman, Eric Leviten-Reid

In this paper Sherri Torjman and Eric Leviten-Reid explore the role of learning and evaluation in community-based poverty reduction. This paper is part of a series on Vibrant Communities, a pan-Canadian initiative that seeks local solutions for poverty reduction. Vibrant Communities engages citizens and community support organizations to improve the quality of life in local communities.

Both individual Vibrant Communities initiatives and the national effort have incorporated an explicit and active learning strategy in the form of a Pan-Canadian Learning Community where participants come together to share plans, strategies, and resources. As Torjman and Leviten-Reid explain, knowledge and learning are essential for both social participation and economic vibrancy. The authors discuss how learning best occurs through active engagement.

Torjman and Leviten-Reid describe how the Pan-Canadian Learning Partnership, which comprises the foundation of Vibrant Communities, engages in a process of continual learning to inform and improve local efforts. They also explore the challenges involved in evaluating comprehensive community initiatives. In particular, the authors focus on the ‘logic model’ of evaluation, an approach based on the assumption that a sequence of events must occur and build upon each other in a logical fashion in order to effect any complex change. The intermediary steps along the way can then be identified and assessed.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Sherri Torjman; Eric Leviten-Reid;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English French
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Education / Skills Training
Policy Articles / Education / Skills Training / 2004
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement
Policy Articles / Education
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty / 2004
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Consultation
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Consultation / 2004

Keywords / Tags:

community-based poverty reduction; learning and evaluation; Vibrant Communities; Pan-Canadian Learning Community; social participation; economic vibrancy; logic model of evaluation;