Poverty Reduction Government Initiative: Evaluation Tools and Process


Reducing poverty is a complex issue that requires considerable collaboration and partnership development between government departments, community organizations, stakeholders, and all levels of government. The Government of Nova Scotia has made a 20-million-dollar five-year investment in Poverty Reduction. The goal is to support innovative projects that are designed to improve the lives of low-income Nova Scotians.  The results, outcomes and approaches from these projects will be collected to help inform and guide actions for poverty reduction from 2022 onward. 

How information will be used

All information provided will be shared with the Department of Community Services.  The information projects provide to the evaluation will be used to identify emerging themes around poverty reduction and characteristics of promising practices for poverty reduction in the province.  Quotes from the evaluation may be attributed to projects in government and public communications.

Evaluation Tools

There are four evaluation tools that are to be completed near the end of your project (within 1 month of Final Report Due Date).

Evaluation ComponentToolsWho should be involvedAdministration of Tool done by:
1. Participant QuestionnaireOnline version hereAs many participants as possible/appropriateProject Lead(can offer participant online or in-person version)
2. Community-Based Partner Lead Final ReportAttached to emailAll Community-Based Partner Leads Lead of any community-based partner programs
3. Government Project Lead Final Report Attached to email Government Project LeadGovernment Project Lead
4. Final Evaluation SessionSuccess Evidence Strategy (SES)Tool and SES Explainer hereProject lead, a community partner, and a small sample of participants (if possible and appropriate)Evaluation Lead (Sharon) 
1-2 hour session; online or in-person options. Honoraria available

* Participants and partners can complete the questionnaire online, or download a word.doc copy.  If participants or partners use the downloadable version, please collect them and submit with your final report. 

Administering Evaluation Tools

Questionnaires: Participant questionnaires should be administered by the Project Staff near the end of their participation in the project. Project Staff should encourage participants to fill out a questionnaire, however, they should not be forced.  In previous years of this evaluation work, some project staff supported participants with filling out the participant questionnaires – it may be helpful to let participants know this is an option if they need the support. There are no anticipated risks to the participant, however, if for any reason, a participant experiences any discomfort or concern while completing the evaluation, they may cease participation at any time.  Completed participant should be submitted as part of the Final Report Package. Online options for completing the participant questionnaire is available.

The Final Evaluation Session: This is a 1-2 hour session that can be done in-person or online and will be facilitated by myself (either in person or over Zoom). We request, when possible, that the project lead, a partner and a small sample of participants attend this session. Honoraria for childcare, travel, time, and food are available. 

All Evaluation Tools should be completed near the end of your project timeline, The Final Report, Participant Questionnaires and Community-Based Partner Lead Final Report should all be submitted together to: genevieve.morrison@novascotia.ca; cc: salexander@inspiringcommunities.ca  

Review of Survey Practices

All information collected is to remain confidential and will only be used as part of research work being carried out by Department of Community Services. This means:

  • no sharing of surveys,
  • no tracking of who fills out the survey,
  • no collecting of names or other identifying information,
  • no tampering with the surveys.
  • All surveys are to be collected and stored in a secure location. This means the surveys are stored in a location only accessible by the project organizer.
  • Participants are to fill the survey out voluntarily.
  • Project organizers should encourage participants to fill out a survey, however, they should not be forced.
  • There are no anticipated risks to the participant, however, if for any reason, a participant experiences any discomfort or concern while completing the evaluation, they may cease participation at any time.
  • All copies of completed evaluation questionnaires/materials should be returned at the completion of your project.

Questions or concerns regarding project timelines or project changes should be directed to either Genevieve Morrison; genevieve.morrison@novascotia.ca 

Questions or concerns regarding the evaluation should be directed to Sharon Alexander; salexander@inspiringcommunities.ca