Spur Change Program Reporting

2021 SMO Report

A Review of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Small and Medium Organization (SMO) Adaptation and Resilience

2020 was an unprecedented year for the world and for the international cooperation sector. COVID-19 affected all operational parts of SMOs, but Spur Change commissioned a study to see how SMOs have adapted and shown resilience in the face of this challenge.  By sharing these findings, we hope SMOs find themselves reflected in the stories and draw strength from knowing they are not alone in their struggles. This report has been produced through a collaboration between Spur Change and a research team at the University of Guelph. It combines quantitative analysis of 128 survey responses and qualitative analysis of 22 semi-structured interviews with participants from Canadian SMOs.

This year’s SMO Report was released on March 11, 2021 at the Annual Conference: Once Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Human Dignity Post-COVID.

The SMO Report conference session included a panel discussion with Wendy Fehr, CAUSE Canada, Lynn Thorton, VIDEA and Shawna Novak, CISEPO who spoke about their organization’s experience working through the challenges placed them by the COVID pandemic.

2020 Mid-Year Report Highlights

Individuals reached through youth events and comms tools
Resources available online
People accessed online resources

>> “The handouts, presentations slides, and additional resources were the most effective to support my learning.” – Data Collection Training 

Spur Change has engaged with 368 unique SMOs located from coast-to-coast-to-coast since its start in 2019.

>> “Looking forward to reaching out to some other participants from the training!” – Data Collection Training participant

Y2 Target Dashboard (% achieved to date)

14 distance learning opportunities conducted with SMOs, 4 in English, 3 in French and 7 bilingual sessions.
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326 participants attended online learning opportunities.
15 youth events and communication tools developed in 6 months.

>> “Thank you for delivering quality training. The people you brought on board were good and sounded passionate about what they do.” – Gender Learning Series participant

Year 1 Report Highlights

SMO Report

Assessing the capacity building needs and knowledge gaps of Canadian Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs), and appropriate learning methods

Spur Change is thrilled to launch its first SMO report addressing questions about the capacity building and knowledge sharing needs of Canadian SMOs working in international cooperation. What are their organization’s ambitions? What are key priority areas for learning and capacity building for their organization to achieve its ambitions? What are their preferred learning methods? What is their level of knowledge and understanding of the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? The report is based on 252 responses collected from over 150 SMOs across Canada.

Recording of the bilingual presentation of the report

On June 25, 2020, Spur Change presented findings from the SMO report to Global Affairs Canada. Watch the bilingual recording to learn more or download slides.

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