Innovation

Action Plan Recommendations to Maximize Social Innovation in British Columbia (2012)

In 2011, the BC Social Innovation Council was established to help the government of British Columbia find new ways to tackle social challenges. The council included representatives of government, Aboriginal and community organizations, and business agencies with an interest in social entrepreneurship, including credit unions, foundations, investors, and social entrepreneurs.

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2013-01-28

Advancing Social Finance in Canada: Moving Towards Social Impact Bonds (2012)

This presentation explores the opportunities and challenges the Government of Canada faces in advancing social finance initiatives, including social impact bonds (SIBs).

Interest in social finance in Canada is being driven by demand from stakeholders within both the private sector and not-for-profit communities seeking a more strategic investment that provides both a social and an economic return, the author explains.

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2013-01-21

Bringing Social Impact Bonds to New York City (2012)

Presentation at the Fall Institute 2012, Saint John, NB – October 14 – 16, 2012

This presentation offers an overview of a City of New York program aimed at reducing the rate of reoffending among young prison inmates, and funded through an investment vehicle called a social impact bond, which encourages private-sector funding for promising social programs.

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2013-01-08

Creating Clearer Sightlines to Employment – Webinar presented by John McLaughlin, Essential Skills Ontario [Video – 59:53] (2012)

This webinar, presented by the manager of research and business development at Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), offers an opportunity for discussion of the research paper of the same name.

Even with improvements in the economy, people without high school diplomas are staying unemployed, he points out. This represents a long-term decline in job prospect for those with low educational attainment.

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2012-12-21

Virtual Learning Portal [Video - 3:02] (2012)

This brief video introduces Frontier College’s Virtual Learning Portal, a project undertaken by the national literacy organization in partnership with software giant Microsoft and the Canadian information technology company Compugen Inc.

The portal allows tutors and learners to connect via Microsoft Lync, which provides real-time instant messaging.

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2012-09-10

Integrating Equity, Addressing Barriers: Innovative Learning Practices by Unions (2009)

Second Edition, Updated and Expanded

This is a revised version of a document of the same name published in 2007 which is available at: http://library.copian.ca/item/6446.

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2011-02-16

In from the margins: Promising practices and possibilities for health and learning (2009)

From a working forum for health, literacy, and early childhood practitioners

This report includes more than 30 promising practices submitted and approved by the delegates attending a two-day forum entitled “In from the Margins: Promising Practices and Possibilities for Health and Learning,” held in Richmond, B.C., in March 2009.

The authors note that the promising practices appear as they were submitted and have not been evaluated by the working groups that organized the forum.

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2010-11-01

Business Results Through Essential Skills and Literacy Guidebook (2008)

This guidebook is aimed at employers who are looking at the skills of their workforce and considering investing in improving those skills.

The authors explain what literacy and essential skills mean; how deficiencies in those areas can affect productivity; and how Canadian workplace currently rate.

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2010-02-03

Understanding Horizontal Governance: Research Brief (2009)

This research brief, part of a two-year project examining the impact of accountability policies and practices on the field of adult literacy, focuses on the concept of horizontal governance.

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2009-12-09

Mutual Accountability and Adult Literacy: Research Brief (2009)

This research brief focuses on the mutual accountability between the funder and the provider of a literacy service. It is part of a two-year project examining the impact of accountability policies and practices on the field of adult literacy.

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2009-12-09

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