April 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CSI Spadina, Whole Connector Room
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

Interested in a Career in Program Evaluation? Panel and Networking for New Practitioners and Students

Brought to you by the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES-ON), this  event is designed to introduce students and burgeoning program evaluation professionals to experienced evaluators working in a variety of sectors and contexts.

The event features:

  • A panel of evaluation professionals spanning government, non-profit and private sectors providing insight into  their work,  perspectives on the skills, experiences and qualifications that support this career path, and advice for new practioners and students interested in a career in evaluation.
  • An opportunity to network and build connections with  early-, mid- and advanced career professionals in the evaluation field

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Gail Dobell, Director, Performance Measurement, Health Quality Ontario
  • Melissa McGuire, Partner and Chief Operations Officer, Cathexis Consulting
  • Nidhi Tandon, Director, Networked Intelligence for Development and evaluation course instructor at Seneca College

About the Speakers:

Dr. Gail Dobell is the Director of Performance Measurement in the Health System Performance Branch at Health Quality Ontario. Gail has been active in Canada and the United States in the areas of health system performance and quality improvement measurement and evaluation for over 20 years. In her current role, Gail leads indicator development selection, analysis, reporting, and benchmarking projects across all health care sectors. Gail has served as Principal Investigator for several measurement projects including the Integrated Care Satisfaction Measurement project and a California HealthCare and Archstone Foundation-funded project that used qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop a new assessment tool specifically for the U.S.-based PACE model of care (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly).

Gail received a Master’s degree in Gerontology, and a Doctorate in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. Gail was an Agency for Health Care Research and Quality research fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF, and has served on numerous US and Canadian health system and sector-specific working groups and committees.

Melissa McGuire (B.A., LL.B., CE): With over twelve years of experience in the field of program evaluation and applied social research, Melissa has already made her mark in the evaluation community. Melissa has been involved in over 100 different evaluation and review projects. Melissa’s education in law is unique among evaluators and is of great value to the Cathexis team, as it not only provides her with a deft understanding of legislation and its application, as well as policy development and analysis, but it also ensures the team has a knowledgeable resource to consult on matters relating to privacy protection, confidentiality, and legal risk as they arise. She brings incomparable resourcefulness, intellectual flexibility, and analytical skill to the work she carries out and is respected among colleagues and clients for her exceptional project management skills.

Nidhi Tandon is an independent consultant, with 20 years in international development. She established Networked Intelligence for Development, a consulting practice in 1997, following her work with the Overseas Development Institute and the Commonwealth Secretariat in the UK.  Nidhi has conducted field assessments and project evaluations for the World Bank, UN Women, UNDP, and for international NGOs and foundations working on poverty, equality, human rights and development.  Nidhi also teaches at Seneca College and is a Board Director with Oxfam Canada. She has a Masters in Agrarian Economics from the University of Sussex, UK.