We learn more from comments than from agree/disagree scales
The November 2019 Scorecard Assessment closed last night. We received more submissions than ever before, thank you to everyone that participated. If you missed the chance to submit a response or are just learning about Rainforest, please join the mailing list so that we can share more a more detailed look at the submissions and future opportunities to provide feedback. Of course, if you ever have comments about anything we are doing, we are always open to learn. Please email us anything that you think we should know, thoughts on the scorecard itself, or ideas for improvement for our communications, events or assessments.
We received nearly 13,000 words and hundreds of comments from people across the ecosystem.
Below we present the comments received from the scorecard - we have endeavoured to maintain the integrity of the comments while respecting the hard work of the committed individuals in the ecosystem who are trying to help move things forward. We have removed questions on the scorecard itself (because we fixed the issues as we learned about them), and did not include reponses like "I am unaware" or "I am new to the ecosystem and I don't have enough information to comment". Otherwise, everything is below, do with it what you will.
The ability to comment was provided on each page of the Pillar questions and allowed people the opportunity to clarify their responses, provide us with feedback about the scorecard, and elaborate or bring up relevant information to that pillar or the Rainforest itself. We also asked questions about newer initiatives in Edmonton such as EACOS, EIEC, e-RIN, and the Innovation Compass Report because they have all either launched or have substantially changed since the last assessment. The findings of these reports, activities of these initiatives are vital to understanding the current state of innovation in Edmonton.
The Rainforest is thankful for the hard work of all who support innovation, especially that of other volunteer organizations! As a volunteer-run and led organization, we know how hard it can be to make a meaningful difference with minimal resources.
Of course, online comments have a tendency to trend to the extremes. We do not endorse any particular opinion, this information is being released in the interest of transparency and to validate that the findings of the recent Scorecard Assessment, which were presented publicly on Nov 26th at the 4th Summit in Edmonton. We wanted to ensure that the findings as presented were not seen as biased or cherry-picked to support any particular narrative. When used properly, they will be taken in context and used as a tool to understand the opportunities each organization or individual has to improve their offerings, or better communicate that they exist.
Each section below represents one of these opportunities to comment.