WHAT IS “WHAT WE’RE SEEING”
The indicators on trends and conditions that are the foundation of Ottawa Insights are also a launch point for deeper exploration on selected issues. This is the intent of What We’re Seeing (WWS). Our first selected issue is food. Over time the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) will continue to develop additional WWS pieces on an issue-by-issue basis. The focus will be on issues that the OI indicators suggest are particularly critical and intractable. Other filters will include CFO’s own level of involvement on the issue, and the potential for systems-level thinking and high leverage opportunities.
The process for developing each WWS begins with some research and informal discussions on the issue. But a key source of input is a forum hosted by CFO that brings together frontline staff, leaders in the not-for-profit/charitable (NFP) sector, business leaders, funders, other institutions, and civic leaders to share and learn within a structured, systems-level conversation. The first forum, focused on food, was held on March 31, 2016.
As with the rest of this site, the WWS write-ups are necessarily and intentionally selective. The main purpose is to present some of the key assets and constraints relevant to progress on the issue, and to highlight significant high leverage opportunities (HLOs). These are opportunities where interest in collaboration is strong, where investments made are likely to yield comparatively significant results, and where systems-level benefits will result (i.e., at a higher order than individual organizations or isolated problems).