Evaluation for the Next Generation
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the event description:

Hey fellow evaluation aficionados,

Patricia and Marshal from Dig Insights have come forward to host us for our next Evaluation Cafe and to share some of the innovative methods they are using.

Here’s their description about what they’ll share:

Dig Insights (https://www.diginsights.com/) is excited to host this months Evaluation Café! Come to their downtown office (372 Bay Street) to learn about how they are integrating new and innovative technology to bring evaluation into the next generation.

Started as a market research company in 2010, Dig Insights Evaluation Team leverages the best practices of market research to help their clients extract in-depth insights about their program and provide them the opportunity to track learning far outside of the traditional survey. This includes the integration of their in-house apps including Upsiide (https://upsiide.com/) and Dig PhotoVoice, and other mobile friendly data collection tools including mobile diaries, online discussion boards and video key informant interviews. Not only has Dig expanded the reach of data collection techniques, they actively work with their clients to apply the most applicable analytical and data visualization tools including network maps, sanky diagrams, interactive scorecards and geographical mapping. This allows Dig the ability to extract key findings as well as present the information in easily digestible tools that increases programs effectiveness in decision making and allows them to better demonstrate the reach of their program to key stakeholders and the general public.

Come to this session to learn more about how you can further the effectiveness of your evaluation approach and provide greater insights to your internal and external stakeholders.

Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

The presentation will be delivered by Patricia King, CE, Vice President of Evaluation ([masked]) and Marshal Rodrigues, Senior Research Manager ([masked])

Developmental Evaluation: Social Innovation in Real Time @ South Dining Room, Hart House
Jan 29 @ 8:30 am – Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm

Developmental Evaluation in Action: Facilitating Social Innovation in Real-time consists of three parts:

Online webinar: TBA
In-person: Wednesday January 29, 2020 & Thursday January 30, 2020. Registration is 8:30 AM – 9 AM on January 29; instruction is 9 AM – 4 PM. Refreshments will be provided.
On-line group consultation (optional): TBA

Course outline:

This blended course provides participants with introductory knowledge in the fundamentals of Developmental Evaluation (DE) and its implementation, including the role and use of the Theory of Change/Action.

The course is focused on how developmental evaluators track, document, and help interpret the nature and implications of innovations and adaptations as they unfold, and help extract lessons and insights from both processes and outcomes to inform the ongoing adaptive innovative process. (Patton, McKegg, & Wehipeihana, 2015)

Situational analysis and case studies will be used to authenticate the information being presented in order to equip evaluators with the practical application of DE within the complex, dynamic environments they may experience in their work.

Throughout the course participants will be invited to apply their learning to the programs/ evaluation activities in which they are involved.

The course will consist of a webinar and a two-day in-person session. An optional one-hour group consultation is offered to those participants wishing to present and discuss questions or issues concerning implementation of DE they may have.

Please note that this course requires the use of Michael Quinn Patton’s book Developmental Evaluation Exemplars: Principles in Practice (2015). This book can be purchased directly from Guilford Press here.

Instructor Bios:

Megan Börner has worked in the public education sector for over 25 years. She is currently with the Ontario Ministry of Education, where she has created a model for embedding internal research and evaluation staff in policy/program teams to promote the understanding of evaluative thinking through everyday decisions and processes.

Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, C.E., is an internal evaluator with the Ministry of Education, infusing evaluative thinking in collaborative teams to build sector capacity for the use of evidence to inform decisions. She shares her DE expertise widely leading interministerial collaborations, evaluation capacity building for governments both in Canada and internationally, through universities, civil societies and EvalPartners.

Dr. Wendy Rowe is a professor at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada, teaching in the School of Leadership. She has 20 years professional experience in the evaluation field across Canada and United States, using models of collaboration and developmental evaluation to enhance organizational capacities, increase program efficiency and effectiveness, and create learning organizations.