The Canadian Women’s Foundation regularly evaluates its funded programs to gain insight into their impact, develop a better understanding of best practices, and make program improvements.
We share these evaluation reports and commissioned research to help nonprofit organizations build their knowledge and capacity for developing programs that support gender equality.
- Violence Prevention
Avon Tip Sheets
If you know someone who is experiencing violence, these tips will help you take effective action. This series of tip sheets was created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses. Funding for this project has been provided by AVON Foundation for Women.
Violence Prevention Reviews
In 2011, the Canadian Women’s Foundation conducted a review of our work in the area of violence prevention. The goal of the review process is to continue to enrich and enhance our long-term strategy for preventing violence against women. The following scans were produced within the framework of the review process in order to inform the Canadian Women’s Foundation and stakeholders on the current issues affecting the sector.
Prepared by: Manon Lamontagne
Prepared by: Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses
- Teen Healthy Relationships
Healthy Relationships: Preventing teen dating violence (2011)
Healthy Relationships 101: An Overview of School-Based Healthy Relationships Programs (2012)
Teen Healthy Relationship Programming: National Learning Strategy (2013)
Leading for Change: National Evaluation of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Teen Healthy Relationships Program (2013-2017)
Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: National Survey Data Report – Executive Summary (2017)
Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: Mid-Project Report (2017)
Building the Field of Teen Healthy Relationships: Report to Field (2015-2018)
In 2014, the Canadian Women’s Foundation published the two reports listed below following a two-year process of research on the scale and scope of sex trafficking in Canada. They serve as a snapshot of our understanding of the issue of trafficking at the time.
In the years since we published these documents, our learning has evolved and we recognize that important voices are missing in our initial work on this issue. To avoid contributing to narratives that would further marginalize and criminalize women from communities we seek to support, are making these reports available upon request only to ensure that others understand where we’ve been and where we are today.
We look forward to publishing new learnings in the months and years to come.
From Heartbreaking to Groundbreaking
This report outlines the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s 5-year strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada.
“No More”: Ending Sex Trafficking in Canada, A Report of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada
This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
- Economic Development
Building a Stronger Future: Economic Development Evaluation Highlights, 2009-2014
This highlights report summarizes the results of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Economic Development program evaluation from 2009-2014. During this five-year cycle, the Foundation invested about $6 million in an economic development strategy that aimed to help women living on low incomes to build sustainable livelihoods. Much of this investment went into 10 women-centred programs across Canada that reached more than 3,000 women. During this 5-year cycle, the Foundation also invested in two Aboriginal Partnership Grants. This report summarizes the Foundation’s approach, findings, successes, and learnings from all of these funded programs.
Beyond Survival: Helping Women Transition out of Poverty
This report presents the results of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Economic Development Collaborative Fund. The Collaborative Fund was a five-year $4.8 million program that provided financial and technical support to ten community programs across Canada that helped low-income women transition out of poverty and build a sustainable livelihood. This report explains our approach, describes our research process, summarizes our findings, and analyzes the key lessons for practitioners, and the and implications for funders and policy-makers.
- Girls’ Fund Evaluation Reports
Girls Fund 2009-2012 Evaluation Report
From 2009 to 2012, the Girls’ Fund supported 14 organizations across the country working with girls aged 9 to 13. These organizations participated in an evaluation of their programs and networks with the support of external evaluators. The evaluation looked at the process of implementing the girls’ programs, as well as the impact of the programs on girls’ lives.
Girls Fund 2012-2016 Evaluation Report
Girls’ Fund 2012-2016 Highlights report
Leading for Change: A Report on the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute Pilot Program
In 2012, the Foundation partnered with St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady International Institute to launch the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute as a three-year pilot program. The vision was a women’s leadership institute that supports emerging women leaders in Canada’s non-profit sector, and promotes a broader, more inclusive approach to leadership. This report summarizes the evaluation data gathered throughout the pilot program, highlighting the Institute’s approach, successes, and lessons learned. It also touches on the plans for the next phase of this unique, innovative, and much-needed women’s leadership development program.
- Policy Briefs
Policy Brief:. The COVID-19 pandemic is a gender issue and an equity issue that should be considered through a human rights lens. We know that women, girls, and trans and non-binary people in Canada are already unable to access their full human rights; when these rights go unrealized in “ordinary times,” they are all the more vulnerable in times of widespread upheaval. This brief sheds light on the gendered impacts of this pandemic, the need for non-profit sector stabilization, and the importance of an intersectional gender analysis in policy at all levels in both the response and recovery. It has been shared with federal government ministers and officials, with women sector and other partners. It informs our policy decisions going forward.
Policy Brief:An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, May 2019.
In our understanding of Quebec as a pluralistic society, the Canadian Women’s Foundation supports the representation of this plurality in our public services. We do not believe that the state will achieve the goal of maintaining its secular and unbiased position by dictating the appearance of state employees and forcing them to remove their religious symbols as outlined in Bill 21. In pursuing this goal, Quebec’s Government may unfairly discriminate against certain groups. The Foundation believes that the National Assembly should consider this position on equity in the bill under consideration.
Policy Brief: Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on, May 2019.
Online hate that is directed at women is rooted in social inequity and seeks to control women’s behaviours through discomfort, anxiety and fear. Addressing online hate in Canada requires specific action by the federal government that is informed by a gender-based analysis and should remain a core principle of Canadian law. Unfortunately, current options do not sufficiently support those experiencing online hate because of the fact that they are women, or indeed anyone who experiences online hate due to their biological sex, gender associations and/or sexual orientation.
Without Their Consent, December 10, 2018
Forced and coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women are a result of systemic violence and discrimination against Indigenous peoples. These sterilizations are an assault on Indigenous women, their families, their communities, and their Nations that have already been subjected to forced assimilation through colonialism, including eugenic practices. The Foundation is one of 72 organizations endorsing this joint statement calling for government action to #DefendConsent and end #ForcedSterilization of Indigenous women in Canada.
November 18, 2018
In Canadian households, the presence of firearms is the single greatest risk factor for lethality of domestic violence. This letter addressing Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, outlines why the Canadian Women’s Foundation supports a ban on assault weapons and a ban on handguns, as part of our commitment to make the lives of women and girls safer.
the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, November 16, 2018.
Given that preventing family violence is a key issue for the Canadian Women’s Foundation, this policy brief outlines recommendations for how Bill C-78 may be improved to reduce the risk of family violence and mitigate its impact. While some aspects of Bill C-78 are positive, others may place women at greater risk of experiencing continued family violence through the divorce process.
Canada’s competitiveness is significantly compromised if half of the population is left behind. Gender equity is fundamental to Canada’s social, political, and economic progress and to our prosperity. Public policy requires a robust, intersectional, gender-based analysis that considers differential impacts across communities. This submission contains 10 recommendations aimed at ensuring that Canada’s approach is gender responsive and inclusive.
Firearms cause harm to Canadian women in a variety of ways. Access to a firearm in
the home closely correlates with risk of completed suicide and homicide. Firearm use is prevalent in spousal murder-suicides. This policy brief outlines why Canadian Women’s Foundation welcomes the direction of the federal government in Bill C-71 toward strengthening licensing and screening provisions, and recommends further steps in this direction. Submitted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, regarding Bill C-71: An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms.
Women’s safety depends on a long term, comprehensive approach that addresses the roots of women’s social, economic and political inequality. While eradication of violence is the goal, this can only be achieved if accountability mechanisms are built into all our social, political, and economic systems to ensure that they respond to the needs and rights of women and children to live free from violence. Implementing a right to safe and affordable housing can support this overall goal. Submitted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to the National Housing Strategy consultation.
, March 2017.
Despite indicators of progress, women are not yet equal participants in the Canadian economy. A wage gap persists, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM, and a high number of women are in precarious employment. Women’s economic inequality stems from systemic and structural barriers to women’s advancement that make it challenging for women to move out of poverty.
, October 2016.
Campus violence and rape culture occur against a backdrop of victim-blaming, the normalization of sexist attitudes, institutional behaviours, ignorance about the laws of consent, poor institutional prevention programs and the lack of clear mechanisms to respond to sexual assault. Despite clear data on the unique vulnerability of young women to campus assault and harassment, there have been glaring gaps in adequate responses to campus violence institutionally, legislatively and pedagogically.
In order to address trafficking, we need to look at the root causes, including poverty, gendered violence, racism and lack of social services. In the current criminal justice system, there are significant barriers to accessing justice for Indigenous women, (im)migrant women/refugees, racialized women and women with disabilities. There need to be more safe pathways that focus on long-term, sustainable solutions for those who are in vulnerable positions and experiencing trafficking.
- Violence Prevention