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When I joined the Canadian Women’s Foundation it was Mary Ferguson and Janet Murray who provided me with a thorough orientation to the Sustainable Livelihoods framework. As part of the Foundation’s capacity building work we traveled across Canada and trained over 50 community based agencies on effective evaluation practices, logic models and methods to improve their program evaluations. To date, many of those organizations continue to use the model and asset based approach to their programming with women and their evaluations. As a facilitator and trainer, Mary is a great listener, communicator and is extremely personable.
Mary, Janet, and I worked very closely on the Foundation’s 2010 learning and evaluation report “Beyond Survival: Helping Women Transition Out of Poverty.” This five year initiative involved various stakeholders including multiple funders, service providers and program participants. Mary was able to listen and work well with all stakeholders and took a collaborative approach to the entire project. The result was a fabulous report that highlights effective practices in women’s community economic development, informs policy and builds awareness of women’s journey out of poverty. We selected Eko Nomos as our evaluators because of their experience in the area of poverty reduction, their asset based approach to evaluation and learning and their strong understanding of women’s self-employment and social purpose enterprise development.