Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic: OUTBURST!
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic has received funding from governments and foundations to work with young Muslim women to become agents of social change that involves them in shaping the conversations and solutions about violence and their safety needs. The project also involves training institutions, service providers and community organizations to increase their awareness of the forms of violence young Muslim women experience, integrate this awareness in policies, procedures and service models, and increase the availability of and safe access to services. Eko Nomos has been retained to provide evaluation services. This social change initiative that is responding to complex, high-risk, and dynamic realities is forging new ground in Canada. As such the approach needs to be adaptive to constant learning and innovation. In this context, and in most evaluations that Eko Nomos undertakes, we employ a developmental evaluation process that guides and captures the learning and impact of innovations in real-time and on an ongoing basis. As the project unfolds and outcomes emerge, we work with staff to understand these developments and support innovation and adaptation in the project by adjusting the evaluation plan and tools accordingly. At the end of the project, Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic has an accurate account not only of the outcomes that were achieved, but also of the progression of the project, the innovation and adaptation that occurred, and the learnings that emerged for sharing with young Muslim women and the social service sector.