COVID-19: Working together in unprecedented times

By: Emma Published: 19/03/2020

Dear fellow change-makers,

As the world grapples with the quickly evolving coronavirus, I wanted to reach out on behalf of all of us here at Results Canada and let you know that we hope you, your family and loved ones are safe and healthy. I also wanted to assure you that our work to advocate for those living in extreme poverty continues. Now more than ever, we must come together as a community.

With uncertain times ahead, let’s make sure to stay in touch and be there for one another, whether by email or by following us on social media. Read about our key points and changes over the coming weeks, and we will be sending regular updates including how to forge ahead on some key campaigns. Stay safe everyone.

With hope, Chris Dendys, Executive Director, Results Canada

read about key points and changes over the coming weeks

Working together, virtually

These are not ordinary times. As we adjust to this new reality, we too at Results Canada are adapting. To ensure the safety of our staff and others, we are postponing all gatherings, and staff have started working from home.

In light of the postponement of our National Conference, we’re also working on the possibilities to bring you virtual opportunities to connect, and thinking about longer-term opportunities to influence our advocacy.

I hope that we can challenge ourselves also to think deeply about what these events say – and what they teach us - about our broader objectives in support of health security, equity and rights. In addition, from a tactics point of view, when some of our traditional tools cannot be employed, it forces us to think about how we can rise to the challenge and identify new tools for engagement and impact.  

Immediate opportunities to engage online

Thoughtful reading to reflect upon

  • ‘A ticking time bomb’: Scientists worry about coronavirus spread in Africa
  • Commentary: Coronavirus shows how we need vaccines before, not after, an outbreak – Gavi CEO, Seth Berkley

As global health advocates, we know about the importance of getting the facts and staying informed. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization websites are great resources for trusted up-to-date information on COVID-19.

faqs

Is Results still open?

Yes, we are. Staff are available to help and support you in your important advocacy work. Note however that the Results Canada office is physically closed with our staff working from home until further notice. Staff will still be able to access the information and resources needed to support you, and little will change with regard to the Results website, e-mail updates and actions, and online resources. We ask for your patience and understanding if certain requests are delayed. If any changes in Results activities and events are needed, we will notify you at the earliest possible time.

If you have a question for staff, please email them directly {firstname}@resultscanada.ca. You can also contact office@resultscanada.ca.

Should I still do advocacy work with Results?

Absolutely! Refer to our website for the latest details on our ongoing campaigns. Make sure to sign up to our email list so that you can get the latest details in your email inbox.  

Ending extreme poverty doesn’t stop during this crisis. As with most crises and natural disasters, it is the world’s most vulnerable communities that typically experience the greatest hardship. We must keep up our advocacy efforts to push for resources and policies that will help people meet their basic needs in this crisis and beyond. 

Raise your voice to show support for initiatives that address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable at home and abroad. Writing letters, using social media, making phone calls, sending emails, and generating media are all things that can be done online in the comfort of your own home. Now is also the time to do a deeper dive learning about the issues you care about and working on building up your advocacy skill set

If you need to do some kind of coordinated activity involving your group, set up a free Zoom account, Skype, Google Hangouts or other free video conferencing service to connect and plan. For tips, consult the recording of a webinar on how to organize remote meetings with Zoom and phone conducted by our friends RESULTS US. Consider also using online collaborative tools like a private Facebook group, a free subscription to Slack and using the online Google suite.

Should my group get together in person for monthly E&A meetings?

No. Results has always promoted the importance and value of in-person gatherings in our advocacy work, but for now we recommend against getting together in person until public health authorities say otherwise. Our volunteers’ health and safety are paramount. Here are some considerations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • For the monthly E&A meeting or to gather with your fellow Results volunteers, please transition to connecting virtually. Set up a free video conferencing account. For tips, consult the recording of a webinar on how to organize remote meetings with Zoom and phone conducted by our friends RESULTS US.
  • Join  the next Results National Webinar scheduled at a new, earlier date: Sunday April 5 at 7pm ET. Anyone can join remotely and at no additional cost. Click here to register.
  • Do not plan public events until your local health officials say it is ok.
  • Consider joining our online volunteer community. Email us to learn how.
  • Join our Facebook group to keep the conversation going and email us to be part of our Google Groups listserv so that you’re always in the loop.

Is the Results Canada National Conference still taking place on May 2-4, 2020?

No. As an organization that prioritizes advocacy in support of global health, we feel strongly that advancing policies and taking actions that are supportive of health security is not only appropriate, but the right approach.

It is our intention to reschedule our National Conference to a later date and will reach out to you to join us once that date is set.  In the short-term, we have reached out to registrants to ensure that refunds for registration are addressed, and are available to answer any questions you may have - email us.

Since the Results Canada National Conference has been postponed, are you planning virtual learning opportunities in the meantime?

Yes. Stay tuned as we work on upcoming ideas. Please email us if you have any ideas or requests.

In the meantime, consider joining these immediate opportunities:

  • Facebook Live Event by RESULTS US to hear Nicholas Kristof, NY Times columnist and author who is known for writing about human rights, women’s rights, health and global affairs - April 4 at 1pm ET
  • National Call for Results volunteers by Results Canada - April 5 at 7pm ET

Are MPs still working and would they still receive my communication?

Yes and Yes! MPs are working around the clock to ensure the safety and well-being of their constituents - they are certainly listening and responding during this time, however they might be slow to respond due to the volume of calls and emails. Please visit your local MPs social media page or website to find updates on the best way to reach them whether that be by email, to request a phone call or a virtual meeting. Consult your tools to learn more on how to engage with your MP.

What about the media?

Now more than ever, everyone’s paying attention to the news. Write your letter to the editor or your op-ed by using your tools provided by Results Canada.

How can I take action virtually or online?

There are a lot of ways you can take action on issues related to our current campaigns. Here are some things you can do from the comfort of your home:

  1. use social media
  2. write/email your Member of Parliament (MP)
  3. write a letter to the editor (LTE)
  4. write an op-ed

Consult your tools provided by Results Canada that will give you the resources you need to take action.

What are some trusted sources that I should be following?

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