Tools to Measure Co-op Performance and Impact

*Conference presentations now available online *

Researchers and practitioners using tools to measure co-operative performance & impact gathered in Halifax May 23-24, 2014 to discuss the following themes:
• Statistics and data collection;
• Putting co-operative principles into practice;
• Community impact;
• Member engagement;
• Reporting practices.
The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada and the Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives at Saint Mary’s University (Sobey School of Business) hosted this event.
To view the program and conference presentations,click here.
A publication is in the works to be released in the winter of 2015 so stay tuned for more on this.

World Co-op Monitor survey – final push for May 30 deadline

The main goal of the world Co-operative Monitor project is to improve a multi- indicator database reporting on the socio-economic value and impact of cooperatives both within a global scenario and in their regional and national contexts. The survey is brief and will contribute to international intelligence on co-operatives. Please promote to meet the May 30 deadline.

Participate and find more information about the project on http://www.monitor.coop

MCD Research Network Newsletter Released

Hot off the presses! Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network Newsletter (May edition) now released.

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Features:

Note from Dr. Sonja Novkovic, Academic Co-Lead

New book released by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Update on the International Tools Conference – Halifax May 22-24

Fiona Duguid joins instructor team for Co-op Management Education program at SMU

Meet the new Prairie Cluster research assistant: Victoria Casey

Launch of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

And more….

Read it here

REMINDER: TODAY CCRN AGM/Aujourd’hui AGA RCRC

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Dear CCRN Member (or friend of the Network),

We are pleased to be holding our second Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Co-operative Research Network today May 13 at 2:30pm EDT (online by GoToMeeting or by phone) for 1-1.5 hours. We hope you (or someone from your organization) can join us!  Because we are a growing network, we are opening our AGM to anyone who is interested in co-operative research, so feel free to invite your friends, students and colleagues. MORE DETAILS

In Co-operation,

Erin Hancock (Chairperson) & Rejean Laflamme (Vice Chairperson)

 

Cher membre du RCRC (ou ami du réseau),

Nous sommes heureux de vous informer que nous tiendrons notre deuxième assemblée générale annuelle du Réseau canadien de recherche sur les coopératives aujourd’hui  le 13 mai à 14h30 EDT (en ligne avec le système GoToMeeting ou par téléphone) pour une durée d’environ une heure à une heure trente. Nous espérons que vous (ou quelqu’un de votre organisation) pourrez vous joindre à nous. Parce que nous sommes un réseau en pleine croissance, nous ouvrons notre assemblée générale annuelle à toute personne qui s’intéresse à la recherche coopérative, alors n’hésitez pas à inviter vos amis, élèves et collègues. PLUS DE DETAILS

En coopération,

Erin Hancock (président) et Réjean Laflamme (vice-président)

CCRN AGM May 13/ RCRC AGA le 13 mai

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Dear CCRN Member (or friend of the Network),
We are pleased to be holding our second Annual General Meeting for the Canadian Co-operative Research Network May 13 at 2:30pm EDT (online by GoToMeeting or by phone) for 1-1.5 hours. We hope you (or someone from your organization) can join us!  Because we are a growing network, we are opening our AGM to anyone who is interested in co-operative research, so feel free to invite your friends, students and colleagues.

The network, as an online hub for co-operative research, has been operating for two years and we want to celebrate our successes and strategize for the future. Find our promotional postcard attached.

AGENDA AND LOGISTICS

In Co-operation,
Erin Hancock (Chairperson) & Rejean Laflamme (Vice Chairperson)

 

Cher membre du RCRC (ou ami du réseau),
Nous sommes heureux de vous informer que nous tiendrons notre deuxième assemblée générale annuelle du Réseau canadien de recherche sur les coopératives le 13 mai à 14h30 EDT (en ligne avec le système GoToMeeting ou par téléphone) pour une durée d’environ une heure à une heure trente. Nous espérons que vous (ou quelqu’un de votre organisation) pourrez vous joindre à nous. Parce que nous sommes un réseau en pleine croissance, nous ouvrons notre assemblée générale annuelle à toute personne qui s’intéresse à la recherche coopérative, alors n’hésitez pas à inviter vos amis, élèves et collègues.

Le réseau, en tant que centre en ligne pour la recherche coopérative, fonctionne depuis deux ans et nous voulons célébrer nos succès et élaborer des stratégies pour l’avenir. Vous trouverez une carte postale promotionnelle ci-jointe.

ORDRE DE JOUR ET LOGISTIQUE

En coopération,
Erin Hancock (président) et Réjean Laflamme (vice-président)

Call for nominations/volunteers for CASC board

Nominations for the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation board invited

At CASC’s next AGM (May, 2014), they will be holding elections for members of the board.  On the board, CASC tries to ensure that a balanced representation across various lines (including geographically, sector and academic).  If you would like to nominate someone (or indicate interest yourself) for the Board, please send names to dreed@yorku.ca

Serving on the CASC Board

As a board member, you are a steward of the organization. You participate in decision-making and organizing around such activities as the annual conference, building the network of co-operative researchers, and other related activities. The CASC board typically meets monthly by phone/skype. Upon being elected, you could consider a role such as President (who convenes and chairs meetings and oversees all projects of the board), Vice-President (accountable for the website), Program Chair for the conference (prepares call for proposals, reviews submissions, organizes program and logistics with a small team), Program Committee Member or other roles as needed by the organization.

Criteria

Candidates must be:

  • A member of CASC at the time of election
  • An individual who supports the goals of CASC (academics, practitioners and students are all eligible)
  • Able to commit the time to attending meetings and participating in select projects between meetings

More information: If you are interested in putting your name forward or you would like to nominate a colleague, you may contact Darryl Reed, President at dreed@yorku.ca

World Co-op Monitor establishing international database

Message from Charles Gould of the International Co-operative Alliance and Gianluca Salvatori of Euricse:

Dear Co-operator,
We are writing to you because we need your help to demonstrate the economic impact of co-operatives by filling in the World Co-operative Monitor survey and/or urging other co-operatives you know to fill it in.
In 2012 ICA celebrated the UN International Year of Cooperatives with the first World Co-operative Monitor Report (WCM), demonstrating the effective role of cooperatives in the world economy. The following year the WCM report presented in Cape Town gave an additional picture of the situation by introducing a new framework for comparison. The two reports are available on the website.

The 2014 edition of the questionnaire is now available for compilation – don’t miss this opportunity to reveal your contribution to the cooperative movement. It will take only few minutes.

We would also appreciate it if you could encourage your members and other cooperatives in your country to participate.
Participate and find more information about the project on http://www.monitor.coop

Summit 2014 research coming down the pipeline

Exclusive, groundbreaking studies

The findings of groundbreaking international studies will be unveiled for the first time at the International Co-operatives Summit in Quebec in the fall of 2014. These studies focus primarily on the Summit themes and will shed new light on the innovative potential of the cooperative and mutualist business model.

This research will go down as historic milestones in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of cooperatives and their impact on the global economy. They are central to the Summit program and an invaluable source of information available exclusively to participants.

http://www.sommetinter.coop/cms/en_CA/home/edition-2014/etudes.html

Also note registration for the Summit is now open

-from Summit 2014 website

 

Murray Fulton named new director at U of S Centre

Murray Fulton has been appointed director of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2014. Murray has been a fellow of the Centre since its inception in 1984 and served as director from 1995 to 2000. He is currently a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

We thank Lou Hammond Ketilson for her vital contribution to the ongoing success of the Centre during her more than nine years as director, and are pleased that she will continue her involvement with the Centre as a Fellow in Co-operative Management.

– See more at: http://usaskstudies.coop/?p=3710#sthash.1r5gzx8j.dpuf, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives