City of Hamilton & CES Ontario: Research and Evaluation Network Event @ Hamilton Public Library - Central Branch
Nov 5 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the City of Hamilton – Children’s Services and Neighbourhood Development Division and the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario Chapter (CES-ON) at a co-hosted inaugural Research and Evaluation Network event. This event is free to attend, and light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The City is looking to broaden the scope of the previously existing Best Start Early Year’s Research and Evaluation Committee to include more members, a wider range of functions, including a focus on human services and system-level inquiry and learning.

One of CES-ON’s goals is to support local evaluation communities of practice and connect its members to them.

The event will start with a presentation from Michelle Vine and Rachel Laxer (from Public Health Ontario) on the Evaluation of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which is a community-based intervention developed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). Forty-five Ontario communities worked with local public and private partners to develop and implement community-based initiatives (i.e., programs, policies, environmental supports) to promote healthy behaviours among children and youth. Michelle and Rachel will discuss:

  • How a multi-stakeholder approach is integral for population-based initiatives to be most effective.
  • Results of some of the partnerships formed.
  • Successes and challenges associated with forming public-private partnerships.
  • Ways in which PHO formed partnerships across sectors in order to carry out the different evaluation activities.

After the presentation there will be small group discussions on how to best nurture engagement in the Research and Evaluation Network moving forward.

Lastly, there will be time for open networking, so that attendees can get to know new members working on evaluation in the Hamilton region.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are paid parking lots under Jackson Square mall, which is attached to the Library.

When to arrive:

Please arrive starting at 4:30pm to register and find a seat, as the event will start at 5pm sharp.

About the presenters:

Dr. Michelle Vine is an Evaluation Specialist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is a social geographer, with a focus on the environment and health, population health intervention research, health policy implementation and evaluation, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Rachel Laxer is an Evaluation Specialist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario. Her PhD research focused on obesity-related behaviours in youth, and the implementation of programs and policies in schools to improve youth health behaviours. Prior to PHO, Rachel worked as an evaluation consultant for Ophea, evaluating the impact of their Healthy Schools Certification and informing programmatic changes.

November 2018 Essential Skills Series @ Oakham House, Ryerson University
Nov 26 @ 8:30 am – Nov 29 @ 4:30 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.

Developmental Evaluation in Action: Facilitating Social Innovation in Real-time @ Bond Place Hotel, Cambridge Room
Dec 4 @ 8:30 am – Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm

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

Online webinar: Wednesday November 28, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
In-person: Tuesday December 4 & Wedenesday December, 9 AM (registration 8:30 AM) – 3:30 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 in-person session. An optional follow-up 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.