The Art & Science of Producing Effective Infographics @ Bond Place Hotel, Piccadilly Room
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Data visualization as a hot topic in the evaluation world, especially in knowledge transfer activities. The interactive and multi-modal workshop will focus on a specific type of data visualization, namely infographics – artistic or graphic presentation of data to communicate insights. We will briefly orient infographics in the realm of data visualization, illustrating the different types of infographics. Then our focus will shift to the science of why we use infographics in communicating to our various audiences (clients and funders). We then venture into design theory, calling on the works of data visualization experts Bernard Marr, Stephanie Evergreen, Garr Reynolds and Edward Tufte. The bulk of the time will be aimed at specific design elements of graphics, colour, and font, which provide the visual cues to our most important element: the data. We will then put these elements together with examples, and then look at resources and tools for infographic production. The session will conclude with a short question period.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the Workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Compare the different types of infographics and situate them in the greater web of data visualization
  2. Understand the basic tenets of design theory and how the brain process and information
  3. Identify and appraise the design elements of effective infographics
  4. Locate and use various resources and tools for effective infographic production

In addition, this workshop aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

  • 2.8 Identify data sources
  • 2.13 Assesses trustworthiness of data
  • 2.16 Reports evaluation findings and results
  • 3.5 Serves the information needs of intended users
  • 4.6 Reports on progress and results
  • 5.1 Uses written communication skills and technologies

About the Facilitator

Dr. A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, CE is the Managing Director of Research & Evaluation Consulting Inc. He is one of Canada’s leaders in credentialing program development and evaluation, utilizing his psychometric and program evaluation expertise to lead high-stakes licensure and certification projects within professional governing bodies and regulators, such as the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and the Royal Bank of Canada. Sid has been the recipient of the University of Toronto’s department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning’s Doctoral Scholarship and the National (U.S.) Science Foundation’s Evaluators’ Institute scholarship. He has earned the Credentialed Evaluator designation, authoring many evaluation and technical reports, publishing articles in magazines, Canadian and international scholarly journals, including twice in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, and presenting his work at national and international conferences in the domains of education, evaluation and credentialing. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and Education, as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

April 2019 Essential Skills Series @ Oakham House, Ryerson University
Apr 15 @ 8:30 am – Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm


This 4-day course was developed by the Canadian Evaluation Society to provide participants with a basic understanding of the main models and practices associated with the profession of evaluation. Prior knowledge of evaluation and of social science research methods is not required. There are no examinations associated with the course, nor is there any homework. Participation in all 15 course modules entitles you to a Certificate of Completion from the Canadian Evaluation Society.
Participants will gain basic levels of knowledge, skill and appreciation with respect to the essential elements of evaluation, equipping them to enter and participate in the evaluation field and develop as evaluation professionals.

Course Competencies

Participants will be able to describe in basic terms:

• the uses and benefits of evaluation (1)
• common settings in which evaluation takes place (1)
• where evaluations and performance monitoring fit in the program cycle (1)
• underlying theories related to evaluation, and their implications (1)
• the historical and technical context in which evaluation takes place (1)
• the range of terminology used in evaluation (1)
• causes of, and responses to, resistance (4)
• potential misuses of evaluation (4)
• cultural considerations in conducting evaluations (4)
• ethical considerations with respect to evaluation (6)
• evaluation standards (6)
• evaluation as a profession (9)
• the role of CES, including the CE system (9)
• special applications of evaluation (15)
• the relevance of, and processes associated with:
o identifying evaluation objectives (2)
o identifying and engaging evaluation clients and stakeholders, and establishing roles (2)
o develop a program profile (3)
o creating evaluation questions (5) and indicators (7)
o common data collection methods (8, 10)
o creating an appropriate and valid evaluation design, including the selection of data collection methods (11)
o collecting data, including performance monitoring (12)
o data management (12)
o assessing data quality (12)
o data analysis, including cost effectiveness analysis (12)
o determining evaluation scale and budget (13)
o project management (13)
o synthesis of evidence leading to the development of conclusions and recommendations (14)
o evaluation reporting and dissemination (14)

Participants will also gain elementary experience in:

• creating logic models (3)
• developing indicators (7)
• question construction (5)
• creating an evaluation matrix (11)
• writing findings statements (12)
• creating a reporting plan (14)

About the Facilitator

Dr. Paul Favaro is a well-known research, planning, and program evaluation consultant based in Toronto. He has been involved professionally in program evaluation since 1980 and has worked as an evaluation consultant to a wide variety of public and community programs, especially in the fields of health, mental health and education. Dr. Favaro received his Ph.D. in applied psychology from the University of Toronto and has lectured extensively in psychology, education and program evaluation at York University, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo. He is also the author/co-author of numerous articles, chapters and technical reports in the areas of program evaluation, applied measurement, and performance measurement.

Dr. Favaro has conducted numerous training workshops for the Canadian Evaluation Society in assessment and program evaluation, has served as chair of the Program Evaluation Section of the Canadian Psychological Association, chair of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario Chapter, and as an executive member of the Canadian Evaluation Society National Council.