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At Constellation Consulting we offer a variety of services to enhance social impact including:

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Research

We believe that community capacity and social impact can be enhanced through quality research that provides greater understanding of community need, best practice strategies, opportunities for impact and challenges for implementation.

We use different research methodologies, depending on the research need, finding the right approach on a project-by-project basis.

Examples of our recent research work include:

  • Literature review of best and promising practices for social inclusion of vulnerable seniors (Prepared for FCSS Calgary) (2015)  Full Report
     
  • Literature review of best and promising practices for prevention of domestic violence (Prepared for FCSS Calgary) (2014) Full Report

Program Design

We support organizations with the program design or redesign process including background, need and best practice research, an exploration of program goals and assumptions, creation of a detailed logic model and theory of change, and development of an evaluation plan.

Since program designs are part of internal strategic planning and program alignment, we aren't able to share examples of our work publicly.  Please contact us for examples of our work with organizations such as Carya Calgary, Catholic Family Services, Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, the Calgary Epilepsy Association and others. 

 

Evaluation

Our evaluations use mixed-methods to capture social impact.  Multiple stakeholder voices are reflected our final evaluation results and our evaluations are person-centered, practical and utilization focused.

All evaluation work is conducted by a Credentialed Evaluator through the Canadian Evaluation Society, ensuring adherence to the highest standard of ethics considerations, following the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.

Examples of our recent evaluation work include:

  • Evaluation of the CCIS Cultural Brokerage Program (2016)     Full Report     Summary
     
  • Outcomes Evaluation of Carya's Sirius Girls Program (2015-2016)    Full Report

SROI Analysis

Using the internationally standardized Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology, we support organizations to demonstrate the value of their social impact in relation to their social investments.

All SROI work is conducted by an Accredited SROI Practitioner through the Social Value Network 
internationally. Final analyses include detailed citations, full reporting of assumptions and demonstration of verification of the validity of results.

Examples of our recent SROI work include:

  • SROI of affordable housing development investment by BC Housing (2016)      Full Report   
     
  • SROI and impact assessment of IAPO (microfinance for Indigenous farmers in Ontario) (2016)  Full Report

Training & Coaching

We believe that sharing our experience and expertise with the community is the best way to create and sustain vibrant communities.

All of our work involves elements of capacity building, but we also provide a variety of topic-specific training opportunities for individuals and organizations.  If you’re looking for advice or support on a particular project, we offer individual and organizational coaching and review of analyses.

Our training and coaching services include:

  • SROI workshops and presentations 
  • Evaluation workshops and presentations 
  • SROI coaching
  • Evaluation coaching
  • Review of evaluation or results or approach

Fund Development

With expertise in research and evaluation methodologies, Constellation Consulting can help position organizations to attract investment and expand their funding base.

We have successfully supported organizations in securing funding with funders such as  Public Safety Canada, the Department of Justice, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Calgary, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way, and other donors and funders.

Our fund development services include:

  • Research to support funding proposals
  • Proposal/grant writing
  • Business case development
  • Review of programs for alignment with research and funder priorities