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Agency resources

This page provides easy access to application, reporting and related resources needed by agencies for their FCSS-funded programs.

Theory of Change

FCSS requires a one page theory of change statement for each program it funds. The Theory of Change is the cornerstone of FCSS Calgary’s contract with an agency for delivering a program. All new and ongoing programs require a Theory of Change.

FCSS provides several resources for agencies applying for funding. The Theory of Change Overview explains what goes into each section of a Theory of Change and why. The Theory of Change Template provides a summary of that information with additional guidelines for completing the form. Agencies are asked to contact their FCSS Social Planner for a Word version of the template to use when making their application. The FCSS Social Inclusion Indicators list should be used to copy the indicators that will be used by the program and paste them into the Theory of Change. The Footnote Style Guide provides examples of how to cite references in the footnotes of the Theory of Change. It also lists all the FCSS Research Briefs, which can be copied into the Theory of Change and amended based on the section referenced and its page number. A complete list of Agency Theories of Change is also provided for reference purposes. 

FCSS Reporting Process

All organizations that receive FCSS funding must submit year-end reports annually. The year-end report to be used will depend on what program or initiative is funded by FCSS. There are three types of year-end reports:

All organizations funded for increasing social inclusion programs must complete a program year-end report and must also use the FCSS Social Inclusion Indicators (FSII) surveys for pre- and post-testing of program participants. All FCSS-funded organizations that report on FSII are contractually required to collect and enter FSII data on an ongoing basis. The indicator surveys selected for a program are based on the strategies and rationale identified to achieve the program goal. Organizations that are signing a contract with FCSS for the first time will work with an FCSS social planner to select indicator surveys, and learn how to access the FSII online database.

Financial Reporting: Organizations will need to submit an audited financial statement for all operations of the organization, including a statement of revenue and expenses for programs or initiatives funded by FCSS.

Most FSII survey questions have been drawn from standardized surveys used to measure specific outcomes. Survey sources can be found here Survey Question Sources 2009. The FSII Info Sheet – How Data are Used - 2014 provides more information on how the data is used and collected by the FCSS program.

The surveys that are available to agencies are found here FSII – All Surveys (August 2015).

The FSII User Manual 2015 outlines the steps needed to register as an FSII user. It also provides detailed examples of how to enter and analyze data in the FSII system.

For more information on technical and user issues, visit the FSII FAQ 2016.