United Way Halton & Hamilton’s ConnectED program proudly provides low-cost training workshops to all non-profit organizations.

The program allows United Way Halton & Hamillton to strengthen the capacity of the community at its root by ensuring non-profit staff and volunteers have access to the latest information taught by industry experts.

ConnectED Upcoming Workshops

Monthly Evaluation Workshop Hours

Location: United Way Halton & Hamilton, Hamilton Office, 177 Rebecca Street, L8R 1B9

Cost: Free

For Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 – Registration Full. March registration will be posted February 4.

  • Session 1: 9:00am-10:00am
  • Session 2: 10:15am-11:15am
  • Session 3: 11:30am-12:30pm

Non-profits are leaders in creating positive community impact and sparking social change. Evaluation helps us understand, maximize, and communicate this impact. Unfortunately, navigating the multitude of evaluation and measurement approaches, jargon, methods, and skills in order to best measure impact can be very challenging. The monthly evaluation workshop hours provide one-on-one evaluation support to organizations, and are hosted by the President of Social Impact Squared, Paul Bakker. The sessions are confidential and take place on the first Tuesday of every month.

Non-profits can receive diverse evaluation support, including, but not limited to:

  • Help with understanding different evaluation types and approaches, and identifying which is best suited to an organization’s needs
  • Advice on evaluation plans and methods, including for grant applications
  • Advice on specific data collection tools, such as survey or interview guide design
  • Help learning specific evaluation skills, such as developing logic models/theories of change or basic data management and analysis.

Registrants must provide Paul with all relevant background information and documents ahead of time, in order to maximize the one hour together.

Disclaimer: The goal is to improve knowledge and provide recommendations for improving evaluation practice. Participants should not expect to receive a finalized deliverable as part of the one hour session. Registrants will be notified if their request goes beyond the scope of Paul’s expertise or the one hour format. All advice and recommendations are provided by Social Impact Squared and do not represent UWHH in any way.

Paul Bakker Bio:

Paul is a Credentialed Evaluator (CES), consultant and coach with over a decade of experience.  He is the President of Social Impact Squared, and works largely with non-profits in the areas of sustainable livelihoods and employment, health, education, crime prevention, and youth development. Paul understands the many challenges smaller non-profits can face with evaluation, and has a large toolbox of methods and approaches to help find solutions. In addition to rigorous academic evaluations and advanced statistics, he has expertise in developmental, formative, and collective impact approaches to evaluation.  Rather than apply a single approach to every situation, Paul coaches his clients to identify and implement the approach that best meets their needs and context. For more information about Paul, please visit:

Social Finance

An exploration session on investment readiness


Date: January 28, 2020

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: TechPlace, 5500 North Service Road, Suite 801, Burlington

Cost: Free

Register Here

Innoweave and United Way Halton & Hamilton will be co-hosting this Social Finance Investment Readiness Exploration Session. Come learn about social finance opportunities and explore how your organization can benefit to enhance your impact. Space is limited.

Community Foundations of Canada are providing information sessions that describe Investment Readiness Program requirements. This session will not dive into IRP details and complements these sessions by covering the following:

  • A brief overview of the repayable Social Finance Fund and the non-repayable $50 million IRP
  • How social finance benefits social purpose organizations
  • Exploration of investment readiness
  • Ideation exercises for how your organization can benefit from social finance
  • Q&A and discussion

For specific information on the IRP, please visit the following sources:

Facilitator: Wayne Miranda’s passion is to grow ventures that generate a social and environmental impact. He is presently leading the social finance investment readiness work at McConnell Foundation. This is a new program launched to help nonprofits, charities, co-operatives, and social enterprise for-profits access social finance to enhance their impact. Prior to joining McConnell Foundation, Wayne was the Director of Growth at the Centre for Social Innovation, Managing Director of TechSoup Canada, and Founder & CEO of Growth Mosaic in Ghana. Wayne has helped put to work over US$21 million to build hundreds of social ventures. And when he is not helping changemakers, he’s paddling and hiking in Canada’s beautiful outdoors or playing ultimate!

Responsible Data Management & Co-Design Session


Date: February 20, 2020

Time: 9am-12pm; optional co-design session in afternoon 1pm-4pm

Location: McMaster University

Cost: $0-$40

Register Here

In a world of big data and varying degrees of digital literacy, it can be difficult to manage data responsibly. This workshop will explore the changing context and equip you with knowledge and skills to better manage your data. Join us in the afternoon session (limited to 6 organizations) for the exciting chance to co-design four data management tools and a training program for non-profit partners. Learn more and register here.

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