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Jul
15
Mon
July 2019 Essential Skills Series @ St Michael's College, Brennan Hall, Senior Common Room
Jul 15 @ 8:30 am – Jul 18 @ 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.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks and included in the registration fee.

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. 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.

Jul
18
Thu
CES Ontario Member Engagement Session: East @ Online
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At our recent AGM, membership approved our Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Directions. Members in attendance also provided their input into how we can achieve our goals.

We know many evaluators live too far away to be able to attend our AGM in person. For those members, we are hosting a series of online sessions to get their input. We are looking for passionate members in Western, Eastern, and Northern Ontario to attend a one-hour online session and help us plan how to better serve their regions. If you have ideas for how CES-ON can achieve our goals in your area, please sign up to the session for the region you consider yourself to be in.

Eastern – July 18th at 6pm to 7pm
Western – July 25th at 6pm to 7pm
Northern – August 1st at 6pm to 7pm

To help us facilitate the session, we are limiting registration to 15 members.

Gaining feedback from most of our members, allows us to serve you better. We look forward to hearing your input and encourage you join us!

Jul
25
Thu
CES Ontario Member Engagement Session: West @ Online
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At our recent AGM, membership approved our Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Directions. Members in attendance also provided their input into how we can achieve our goals.

We know many evaluators live too far away to be able to attend our AGM in person. For those members, we are hosting a series of online sessions to get their input. We are looking for passionate members in Western, Eastern, and Northern Ontario to attend a one-hour online session and help us plan how to better serve their regions. If you have ideas for how CES-ON can achieve our goals in your area, please sign up to the session for the region you consider yourself to be in.

Eastern – July 18th at 6pm to 7pm
Western – July 25th at 6pm to 7pm
Northern – August 1st at 6pm to 7pm

To help us facilitate the session, we are limiting registration to 15 members.

Gaining feedback from most of our members, allows us to serve you better. We look forward to hearing your input and encourage you join us!

Jul
31
Wed
Eval Cafe: Evaluation Capacity Building @ The Bedford Academy
Jul 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

From the event description:

As noted at our last Eval Cafe event, some members noted interest in evaluation capacity building. A few members stepped up and we’ll have a couple present at this event; covering both building capacity with internal and external stakeholders.

We’ll be on the Bedford Academy’s patio for this event. Try to show up at 6:30 pm. We’ll begin the discussions as soon as enough people show up, but by 7pm at the latest. We’ll provide some apps courtesy of CES-ON’s sponsorship, but attendees will cover their own drinks or food beyond the apps.

Building Internal Evaluation Capacity:
Margaret (Meg) Gassanov (Ph.D., CE) will draw on her experiences of building internal evaluation capacity within the City of Toronto. She will explore five areas requiring attention to be successful in these efforts. The presentation will include examples of activities that can be done to build internal evaluation capacity, from the perspective of an internal evaluator.

Building Audacity – Evaluation Capacity Building with External Partners:
This brief presentation will explore the challenges of building capacity across external organizations: that is, among sponsors, clients, and stakeholders that evaluation teams have no formal, long-term commitment to. It will focus on concrete activities aimed at helping align organizations’ strategic priorities while considering ways to spur along sustainable cultures of evaluative thinking and learning. Kris Erickson (PhD, BFA) will draw on his experiences in community development, education, and workforce development to lead this interactive chat.

As always, the CES-ON sponsorship will provide some snacks, but you will be responsible for any food or drink beyond that.

Aug
1
Thu
CES Ontario Member Engagement Session: North @ Online
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At our recent AGM, membership approved our Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Directions. Members in attendance also provided their input into how we can achieve our goals.

We know many evaluators live too far away to be able to attend our AGM in person. For those members, we are hosting a series of online sessions to get their input. We are looking for passionate members in Western, Eastern, and Northern Ontario to attend a one-hour online session and help us plan how to better serve their regions. If you have ideas for how CES-ON can achieve our goals in your area, please sign up to the session for the region you consider yourself to be in.

Eastern – July 18th at 6pm to 7pm
Western – July 25th at 6pm to 7pm
Northern – August 1st at 6pm to 7pm

To help us facilitate the session, we are limiting registration to 15 members.

Gaining feedback from most of our members, allows us to serve you better. We look forward to hearing your input and encourage you join us!

Sep
16
Mon
Performance Measurement: From Theory to Practice @ Oakham House, Ryerson University
Sep 16 @ 8:30 am – Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm

Description:

The overall purpose of this two day intermediate to advanced level workshop is to focus on how performance measurement frameworks are built, their technical properties, and on how they add value to organizational decision-making. The challenges and limitations of developing performance measurement systems will also be emphasized. The workshop will present current approaches and research based practices in the performance measurement field. It is designed to bring your measures to life and to make performance measurement about transformation and not just about accountability.

The workshop format utilizes formal presentations, interactive exercises, discussions, small group activities, and case studies. Emphasis is placed on the relevance, utility, technical, and practical application of performance measurement. Participants will have an opportunity to apply the theory learned.

The workshop is designed for individuals working in program evaluation, performance measurement, program managers, funders, board of directors. It is designed for both government and not-for-profit/human service delivery sectors.

 

Please note that this workshop was originally slated for June 2019 and has been rescheduled.

Specific Learning Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, you should have:

  1. A consistent approach to measuring organizational performance
  2. Use of common performance measurement language in your organization
  3. A specific set of criteria for determining effective performance indicators
  4. A set of indicators to track efficiency (outputs) & effectiveness (outcomes)
  5. A set of data collection methods for your performance indicator system
  6. A framework for developing performance measurement reports/dashboards
  7. An initial set of appropriate performance targets/expectations
  8. A positive culture for the use & development of performance measurement

CES Competencies Presented In Workshop:

The following CES competencies are covered in the workshop:

Reflective Practice
1.1 Knows evaluation theories, models & tools and is informed about new thinking and best practices;
1.7 Uses self-awareness and reflective thinking to continuously improve practice

Technical Practice
2.7 Identifies data requirements and data collection tools;
2.6 Uses appropriate evaluation methods;
2.7 Produces balanced evaluation reporting to support decision-making and learning

Situational Practice
3.4 Promotes usefulness of evaluation process and results

Management Practices
4.2 Defines work parameters, plans, and agreements;

Interpersonal Practice
5.4 Uses a variety of processes that result in negotiated agreements and understandings.

About the Facilitator:

Paul Favaro Ph.D., CE is the Chief of Research, Program Evaluation, and Accountability for the Peel District School Board in Mississauga, Ontario. He teaches management sciences at York University in Toronto.

Dr. Favaro has authored or co-authored articles, chapters, and technical reports, and has conducted professional training workshops in the areas of program evaluation, performance measurement, and research methodology. He is on the editorial board of The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. Throughout his career, he has worked as a research consultant to a wide variety of government ministries, educational organizations, charitable foundations, and community-based programs. He has held several executive positions on the board of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship in the CES. He is a Credentialed Evaluator by the Canadian Evaluation Society.