Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CIES Attends AAISA Training

Yesterday, a few members of the CIES management team attended a professional development session for the Social Return On Investment (SROI). SROI is a principles-based method for measuring  social value not reflected in conventional financial accounts. In other words it monetizes the social change brought on by programs that cannot be directly based on dollars and cents. The session was brought to us by the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) and conducted by Mark Van Engelen and Seema Jindal of Earth Educators.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, AAISA is a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the settlement and integration sector. AAISA’s mandate is to build sectoral capacity by providing member agencies that serve newcomers access to relevant and meaningful professional development opportunities, to act as a liaison with stakeholders, and provide a centre for knowledge, expertise, and leadership.In the end, AAISA is a representative, a hub and an amplifier of the settlement and integration sector, providing training, research, and networking opportunities for the settlement and integration sector in order to improve the quality and delivery of their programs.

We here at CIES have utilized the services offered by AAISA many times, services that have impacted our efficiency as an organization we and couldn't be more appreciative of the development and support they supply our sector.

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