Developmental Evaluation in Action: Facilitating Social Innovation in Real-time consists of three parts:
Online webinar: TBA
In-person: Wednesday October 23, 2019 & Thursday October 24, 2019. Registration is 8:30 AM – 9 AM on October 23; instruction is 9 AM – 4 PM. Refreshments will be provided.
On-line group consultation (optional): TBA
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.
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.