Eval Cafe: Canadian Evaluation Society Membership Benefits @ Online
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

From the event description:

The Canadian Evaluation Society Ontario Chapter (CES Ontario) is one of the largest Provincial chapters of the Canadian Evaluation Society, the professional association of evaluators. As you may have heard, CES Ontario is a proud sponsor of Evaluation Cafe Ontario.

CES Membership has its benefits, including professional development and credentialing, networking, mentorship and job opportunities, and promotional rates. Did you know that you can even save on home and auto insurance, and printing costs? We can also answer your questions about CES Ontario’s trainings or membership events, or other aspects of CES membership.

On February 10th at Noon, join us to find out about CES-Ontario and the growing list of membership perks and benefits you can take advantage of!

With whatever time is left after Q & A, we’ll go into breakout groups for networking.

Maria Mardirosian (Membership Committee Co-Chair, CES-ON)
Rachel Laxer (Membership Committee Volunteer, CES-ON)
Kaitlyn Kochany (Administrative Coordinator, CES-ON)

Principles-Focused Evaluation @ Online
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The workshop will review the utility of principles-focused evaluation of complex initiatives, and give participants the opportunity to create a rough plan to evaluate an effectiveness principle. Principle-focused evaluation applies when social actors’ work is guided by principles rather than rules or program models. The content will be grounded in examples from the facilitator’s work related to youth employment and shared leadership. We will use small groups throughout the workshop.

We will review the relevancy of effectiveness principles for navigating complex situations, and participants will discuss whether they may be dealing with complex situations.

We will review what defines effectiveness principles, and participants will identify principles that are relevant for what they are/may evaluate.

We will review Quinn-Patton’s GUIDE framework for assessing quality effectiveness principles and review principles-focused evaluation questions. Participants will then design a plan to answer the three main principles-focused evaluation questions.

Participants will learn:

• The implications of using rules vs. principles for guiding initiative design and evaluation.

• About the GUIDE framework for assessing quality effectiveness principles.

• The basics of principle-focus evaluation.

The workshop will be most appropriate for intermediate to advance evaluators who are at least somewhat familiar with complexity concepts.

About the Facilitator:

Paul Bakker, C.E. has over a decade of experience as an evaluation consultant and runs his independent evaluation consulting practice, Social Impact Squared. His evaluation projects are typically for nonprofits or provincial government agencies in the areas of education, health, employment, youth development, and crime prevention. His wide range of experience includes using developmental evaluation approaches to carrying out quasi-experimental designs, and he has increasingly been using Principles-Focused Evaluation to guide his work. In particular, he has been applying Principles-Focused Evaluation to youth employment, the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework, and feminist leadership models.