I’d like to welcome everyone to the Measurement Hub. For my first post in this forum, I’d like to introduce myself and share why I’m so excited to kick off the start of this discussion.
I’ve been at OTF for 6 years, working on the foundation’s policies, strategy, and performance measurement. Currently, my focus is on helping to build the evaluation capacity of Ontario’s non-profit sector and support the implementation and measurement of OTF’s outcomes-based funding approach.
I grew up in Sudbury, where most of my family still lives. I moved to Toronto in 2008 to complete a Master in Public Policy at the University of Toronto, then a few months after graduation, I started working at OTF. Since then I’ve seen the countless ways that using data can improve what we do, and the decisions we make. Sometimes the numbers tell us exactly what we expect; other times our gut feelings and assumptions are just totally wrong!
Finding the right things to measure, collecting the data, making sense of it, learning from it, and sharing what was learned with others can be straightforward or frustratingly complex. However difficult it may be at times, I firmly believe that measuring performance and continuously evaluating our work is vital to understanding how we’re doing and improving the way we do it. Measurement ensures we’re doing the best we can to help build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario.
Since this work is new to many of us, and we’re developing our practice together, I really look forward to engaging and learning together in this space. I’d love to hear from all of you about why you’re interested in measurement, so please introduce yourselves to the group!