Author Archives: Charlene

About Charlene

With more than 20 years of experience in communications and graphic design, I am thrilled to have joined the Inspiring Communities team.
  1. Looking Back at 2020 with Gratitude

    COVID-19

    In the fall of 2020 I surveyed our staff on the topic of gratitude. Our staff are embedded in collective impact projects, supporting weaving and network building, and are providing evaluation expertise in Nova Scotia and throughout Atlantic Canada. Gratitude is a challenging concept to consider, and a sometimes difficult feeling to engage with when you can see and experience the inequities and suffering of the world.

  2. Panning for DE Gold

    Evaluation, Systems Change

    Inspiring Communities and its nested initiatives (three collective impact community sites) use a developmental evaluation approach to reflect upon achievements and learnings in real time to help with course adjustments as needed and evolution of planned activities. In October, a Developmental Evaluation report, called a DE Brief, was produced and shared with government partners. While the full 10 page document is chock full of reflection and learnings important to the work of Inspiring Communities, we’d like to pull out just a few highlights and share the summary of impacts identified for the period of July through September 2020.

  3. Write a Wayside Blog Post: How-to and why

    Uncategorized

    The Wayside Team recently hosted a lunch and learn for the Inspiring Communities network to talk a little bit about why blogs matter, how to write blog posts, and how to submit blog posts to the Wayside blog. The highlights of that discussion are listed below in five easy steps.