The Academies are a series of plenaries and workshops that will be facilitated by international experts.


The Impact Academy will share successful experiences and good practices in program evaluation and impact measurement with the objective of strengthening programs and gathering evidence that demonstrates the impact of the YMCA mission.

Local Measurement, Collective Impact 

Katherine (Kate) Hohman, DrPH, Director of the Individual & Family Research Practice, YMCA of the USA


Katherine (Kate) Hohman, DrPH, is the Director of the Individual & Family Research Practice at YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for Ys in the United States.


Kate joined Y-USA in 2009 to support Ys and their communities as they created lasting policy, systems and environmental changes. In her current role, Kate oversees a team dedicated to developing the science and measurement behind how Ys work with people to strengthen communities, demonstrating the impact of Y programs, and developing Y and Y-USA capacity for measurement and improvement.


Previously, Kate was a health services researcher at a joint public health research and teaching department between Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.


Kate’s work has also been published in such journals as Pediatrics and Pharmacoeconomics. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from George Washington University, a Master of Public Health from Boston University, and a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Policy from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Kate lives in downtown Washington, DC with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.

Workshop description:

Come hear about the journey of applying science and measurement to the work of the Y. We say our impact results in strong communities, but what is a strong community, and what evidence is there to suggest that what a Y does can lead to this outcome?


Explore the youth pathway that connects the youth experiences provided by the Y to positive outcomes for youth and to positive change in communities. Understand and reflect upon how a grounding in the science can lead to common measurement strategies that can be applied across diverse settings and experiences to ultimately demonstrate the Y’s collective impact.

Measuring Impact and Well-Being

Michael Hall, Vice President of Fund Development, YMCA Canada.

Michael Hall is Vice President, Program Research and Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto where he provides strategic leadership to the YMCA’s research agenda and the evaluation of its impact. Michael’s career has focused on strengthening the social impact of charities and community organizations.


He has established and led a number of national nonprofit sector research and funding programs and served as Co-Director of the Voluntary Sector Evaluation Project – a seven-year initiative funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to improve the capacity of nonprofit organizations to evaluate their work and communicate their effectiveness.


His volunteer contributions include serving as the founding President of Parks and Recreation Ontario and membership on the boards of several non-profit research associations and academic journals. Michael is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research and holds a PhD in social psychology from York University.

Workshop description:

This session will provide an overview of the approach that the YMCA of Greater Toronto (Y GTA) is taking to assess the impact it is making on the well-being of the individuals and communities it serves and the role this work plays in supporting program development and fundraising. Participants will be introduced to the Y GTA’s multi-level approach to assessing the impact of its individual programs, its individual Centres (with their multiple programs), and the broad suite of programs and services offered by the Association as a whole. The session will place particular focus on:

  • The Y GTA’s program-level impact measurement and improvement system and the growing body of evidence it is providing about the impact of its youth programs;

  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto- Wellesley Institute Well-Being Monitor, a unique long-term research initiative that is designed to track neighbourhood level trends and patterns in well-being across the Greater Toronto Area;

  • Research that shows the connection that Y GTA programs and services have to individual and neighbourhood well-being; and

  • How research findings are being used advance the Y’s positioning and fundraising.  


Improving and evaluating the academic performance of children and youth

Gillian Smith, YMCA of Cayman Islands.


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