Essential Skills Series July 2017 @ Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge @ Ryerson University, Oakham Lounge
Jul 17 @ 8:30 am – Jul 20 @ 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.