The Community Development Learning Initiative (CDLI) is a mutual support collaborative for residents, practitioners and supporters of Community Development (CD) in Calgary. The initiative launched in 2012 after a feasibility study found that community building is most effective when learning occurs through action. Responding to this finding, CDLI provides a centralized space for residents, community developers, and supports to share, learn, and act together.
In 2015, KRD worked with CDLI to extend its Evaluation for Learning Learning and Action Team to increase evaluative thinking capacity across the CD sector, engage the sector in collective reflection and learning, generate new learnings about common outcomes, and improve and refine the set of tools developed in the first Evaluation for Learning framework. Through a Community of Practice as well as individualized trainings and coaching support, seven Outcome Harvests were completed. Findings were used to refine existing evaluation tools and learnings were regularly shared through primary and secondary stakeholder engagements.