Sep
21
Mon
September Essential Skills Series @ Online
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm

The Canadian Evaluation Society’s on-line ten-week course offers participants with a basic understanding of the main models and practices of evaluation. No prior knowledge of evaluation or social science research methods is required to participate. Participants will gain:

  • Basic knowledge and skills,
  • Appreciation for essential elements of evaluation,
  • Capacity to apply acquired knowledge and skills, and
  • Development as an evaluation professional.

The Essential Skills Series is ten self-paced learning modules that cover everything from basics like the objectives of evaluations, all the way through to practical skills such as budgeting and workplan development. The discussion forum encourages knowledge transfer/sharing among participants and instructor, instructor reviewed assignments to guide learners and real-time Zoom learning at the start and conclusion of the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of evaluation in the program lifecycle;
  • Explain common evaluation terms, functions, and approaches;
  • List the steps in planning and conducting an evaluation;
  • Describe how common social science data collection methods are used in evaluations;
  • Describe the value and use of project management concepts in evaluations;
  • Outline ways to support the use of evaluation findings and produce actionable evaluation reports; and
  • Recognize evaluation standards and ethical principles and identify their role in the professionalization of evaluation in Canada.

Learners will be expected to:

  • Complete one module per week independent of the facilitator;
  • Participate regularly in discussion forums with participants and the instructor;
  • Complete seven assignments to submit to facilitator for review/feedback

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.

Oct
13
Tue
October Essential Skills Series @ Online
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm

The Canadian Evaluation Society’s on-line ten-week course offers participants with a basic understanding of the main models and practices of evaluation. No prior knowledge of evaluation or social science research methods is required to participate. Participants will gain:

  • Basic knowledge and skills,
  • Appreciation for essential elements of evaluation,
  • Capacity to apply acquired knowledge and skills, and
  • Development as an evaluation professional.

The Essential Skills Series is ten self-paced learning modules that cover everything from basics like the objectives of evaluations, all the way through to practical skills such as budgeting and workplan development. The discussion forum encourages knowledge transfer/sharing among participants and instructor, instructor reviewed assignments to guide learners and real-time Zoom learning at the start and conclusion of the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of evaluation in the program lifecycle;
  • Explain common evaluation terms, functions, and approaches;
  • List the steps in planning and conducting an evaluation;
  • Describe how common social science data collection methods are used in evaluations;
  • Describe the value and use of project management concepts in evaluations;
  • Outline ways to support the use of evaluation findings and produce actionable evaluation reports; and
  • Recognize evaluation standards and ethical principles and identify their role in the professionalization of evaluation in Canada.

Learners will be expected to:

  • Complete one module per week independent of the facilitator;
  • Participate regularly in discussion forums with participants and the instructor;
  • Complete seven assignments to submit to facilitator for review/feedback

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.

Oct
22
Thu
Eval Cafe: Water Well Evaluation Cafe @ Online
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From the event description:

Your participation is welcome to the first of a fall series of the Water Well Evaluation Café. While we are practicing social distancing, this meeting will be virtual.

This month’s topic: community-based evaluation. We will explore principles of voice, participation, and respect. There will be three cases presented, followed by a Q&A discussion:
1) Community-led baseline and monitoring in Zambia
2) Culturally responsive evaluation with the Michigan Energy Assistance Program
3) TeleMedicine in Northern Ontario

We’ll connect on CES Ontario’s Zoom Meeting platform to build a network of evaluation professionals in the Waterloo Region and Wellington County areas, learn from each other, share tips to help others with their challenges, and discuss sector trends and developments.

Anyone interested in conducting evaluation in the region can RVSP and join the conversation; you don’t have to be a CES member (https://evaluationcanada.ca).

Oct
27
Tue
Eval Cafe: Experiences with Inequitable Research – Lessons for Equitable Practice @ Online
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

From the event description:

During this Evaluation Cafe session, Cameron Kroetsch, a member of the Board for Pride Hamilton and Chair of the City of Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, will describe his experience with third party research and reports on Hamilton Police’s handling of the 2019 Hamilton Pride events and on the City’s Hate Prevention and Mitigation Initiative. He will describe how systems of power and oppression shaped and reacted to the research and describe the effects it has had on him and others in the community. Then, Carolyn Camman, will facilitate small and large group discussions on lessons to be learn relating to equitable evaluation practice and on what power evaluators have to promote equity in our work.

Cameron Kroetsch (he/him) is a queer community builder, organizer, and labour relations professional living in the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas, also known as Hamilton, Ontario. He’s a founding member of the Pride Hamilton Board of Directors, Chair of the City of Hamilton’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee, and proudly serves on the Governing Council for the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. He’s active on Twitter @CameronKroetsch where he advocates for better civic engagement, safer pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and access to affordable housing for all.

Carolyn Camman (they/them) is an evaluation consultant living on the ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil‑Waututh) in what is currently called Vancouver, BC, Canada. They specialize in evaluating in complexity and in service of justice, practicing developmental and equitable evaluation. Part of the joy they find in their work is co-hosting the podcast Eval Cafe (https://evalcafe.wordpress.com/) with friend and colleague Brian Hoessler, digging into all kinds of evaluation-related topics, from R Stats to how evaluation is like Star Trek. You can check them out on their website (http://www.camman-evaluation.com/) and on Twitter @c_camman.

Nov
4
Wed
Webinar: Flying the plane while building it: Conducting an evaluation in the time of COVID-19 @ Zoom
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Flying the plane while building it: Conducting an evaluation in the time of COVID-19

The Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario Chapter (CES-ON) is pleased to invite you to our Fall Webinar: Flying the plane while building it: Conducting an evaluation in the time of COVID-19. The webinar and Q&A will be held online on November 4th 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Register online here!

What kind of evaluation is useful in a situation where social problems are escalating and intersecting in completely new ways, and the strategies we use to address them are morphing into new forms on a weekly basis?  What methods make sense, and how should we make sense of the data that we are gathering?

This webinar will attempt to address these questions by sharing the story of three evaluators with different backgrounds who came together to evaluate Toronto’s Community Coordination Plan: a strategy for working with local agencies to meet the needs of vulnerable people during the pandemic. Presenters will share practical tips and lessons learned about evaluating in the time of COVID-19.  Discussion will focus on how our experiences in this period might inform a more robust, responsive and useful approach to evaluation work in general.

About our Presenters:

Biljana Zuvela is a Manager of Research, Public Policy and Evaluation at United Way Greater Toronto.

Lora Remacka is a Policy Development Officer in Social Development, Finance and Administration at the City of Toronto.

Andrew Taylor is a Principal Consultant at Taylor Newberry Consulting Inc., an evaluation consulting firm.

When: November 4, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Q&A session starts at Noon)
Where: Zoom Webinar
How to register: Eventbrite registration