Apr
5
Mon
April 2021 e-Essential Skills Series @ Online
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – Jun 13 @ 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

Tina Sahay has worked in the area of Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement for more than 24 years, supporting governments at the national, provincial and municipal levels in Canada as well as the not-for-profit sector. Tina operates a consulting firm in Toronto and works on client projects in all areas of her specialty of community and public health. She works extensively with vulnerable populations including newcomers, youth and those at-risk for mental health and substance use disorders. Tina also provides training to professionals on various aspects of program evaluation. She is an instructor for the Canadian Evaluation Society and has designed and conducted training programs for Toronto Public Health, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, MOHLTC, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and York University.

Tina holds a Masters degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto and is a certified Quality Improvement Specialist. Tina is also a credentialed evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Registration deadline: April 1, 2021

Apr
28
Wed
The Art and Science of Producing Effective Infographics @ Online
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Data visualization as a hot topic in the evaluation world, especially in knowledge transfer activities. The interactive and multi-modal workshop will focus on a specific type of data visualization, namely infographics – artistic or graphic presentation of data to communicate insights. We will briefly orient infographics in the realm of data visualization, illustrating the different types of infographics. Then our focus will shift to the science of why we use infographics in communicating to our various audiences (clients and funders). We then venture into design theory, calling on the works of data visualization experts Bernard Marr, Stephanie Evergreen, Garr Reynolds and Edward Tufte. The bulk of the time will be aimed at specific design elements of graphics, colour, and font, which provide the visual cues to our most important element: the data. We will then put these elements together with examples, and then look at resources and tools for infographic production. The session will conclude with a short question period.

Learning objectives:
By the end of the Workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Compare the different types of infographics and situate them in the greater web of data visualization
  2. Understand the basic tenets of design theory and how the brain process and information
  3. Identify and appraise the design elements of effective infographics
  4. Locate and use various resources and tools for effective infographic production

In addition, this workshop aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

2.8 Identify data sources
2.13 Assesses trustworthiness of data
2.16 Reports evaluation findings and results
3.5 Serves the information needs of intended users
4.6 Reports on progress and results
5.1 Uses written communication skills and technologies

Registration deadline: April 27, 2021

May
11
Tue
CES-ON Virtual Conference: Building Better Evaluation: Connecting Ontario @ Online
May 11 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Join us on May 11, 2021 for a stimulating, and interactive virtual conference on Evaluation.

Building Better Evaluation – Connecting Ontario is a one-day conference event that is being held in conjunction with the CES National Conference. Join us and:

  • Engage and influence conversations about evaluation in Ontario.
  • Connect to evaluators, networks, and organizations.
  • Learn from evaluation leaders and practitioners.
  • Earn professional development hours to maintain your Credentialed Evaluator (CE) status.

Registration: $79 for CES members, $99 for non-members and $49 for students.

CES Ontario supports CES National’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process and is pleased to offer complimentary registration to Indigenous evaluators. Please connect with our conference team to register.

Conference Agenda:

08:30 – 09:30    Virtual Breakfast/Coffee Networking (tbc)
09:30 – 09:40    Conference Welcome
09:40 –11:20     Panel: Evaluation Today and Future Opportunities
11:45 –13:00     CES Ontario’s 25th Annual General Meeting
13:15 –14:15     Concurrent Sessions Methods Masterclass
14:30 – 15:15     Concurrent Sessions Communities of Practice
15:25 – 16:05     Concurrent Sessions Communities of Practice Networking
16:15 – 16:55     Concurrent Sessions Advancing Evaluation: Innovation in Practice
16:55 – 17:00     Closing Remarks

Breaks are built throughout the day.

 

Jun
4
Fri
June 2021 e-Essential Skills Series @ Online
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – Aug 6 @ 7:00 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.

Registration deadline: May 31, 2021

Jul
15
Thu
The Art and Science of Producing Effective Infographics @ Online
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Data visualization as a hot topic in the evaluation world, especially in knowledge transfer activities. The interactive and multi-modal workshop will focus on a specific type of data visualization, namely infographics – artistic or graphic presentation of data to communicate insights. We will briefly orient infographics in the realm of data visualization, illustrating the different types of infographics. Then our focus will shift to the science of why we use infographics in communicating to our various audiences (clients and funders). We then venture into design theory, calling on the works of data visualization experts Bernard Marr, Stephanie Evergreen, Garr Reynolds and Edward Tufte. The bulk of the time will be aimed at specific design elements of graphics, colour, and font, which provide the visual cues to our most important element: the data. We will then put these elements together with examples, and then look at resources and tools for infographic production. The session will conclude with a short question period.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the Workshop, the participant will be able to:

Compare the different types of infographics and situate them in the greater web of data visualization

Understand the basic tenets of design theory and how the brain process and information

Identify and appraise the design elements of effective infographics

Locate and use various resources and tools for effective infographic production

In addition, this workshop aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

2.8 Identify data sources

2.13 Assesses trustworthiness of data

2.16 Reports evaluation findings and results

3.5 Serves the information needs of intended users

4.6 Reports on progress and results

5.1 Uses written communication skills and technologies

About the Faciliator:

A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, is an expert in education programs, focusing on assessment program development, management and evaluation. He has over 20 years’ experience as an evaluator. Sid combines his skills in psychometrics and evaluation to foster his professional interests in program evaluation capacity-building in the private sector, program development in licensure and certification contexts, as well as in effective data analytics and visualization. Since founding his consulting practice (www.rae-consult.com), he has worked with profession regulators and governing bodies in accounting and financial management, healthcare, law and international sanctions, as well as with the learning and development units of two of the big five Canadian banks. He began his better data visualization journey in 2008, focusing on effective presentation strategies for PowerPoint. He now blogs and speaks about data visualization, and has been an invited guest blogger on Stephanie Evergreen’s effective data visualization blog. He has produced infographics for official CES communications, has conducted a CES national webinar on infographics and has facilitated workshops on infographics for CES-ON and CES-MB. Sid is a Credentialed Evaluator, earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, and was a two-term Director for CES-ON.

Registration deadline: July 14, 2021

Sep
13
Mon
September 2021 e-Essential Skills Series @ Online
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – Nov 21 @ 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.

Registration deadline: September 7, 2021

Sep
29
Wed
Feminist Principles in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning @ Online
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop will guide participants through Oxfam Canada’s Seven Foundations to Feminist Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL). Oxfam’s feminist approach challenges practitioners to think differently about evidence, push the boundaries on data collection, and question who gives meaning and power to knowledge. Through these challenges, participants will engage in an iterative process of applying and reflecting the principles of the approach.

This workshop will introduce the seven foundations, grounded in three recent Oxfam project examples including the following projects:

• The mid-term evaluation of a six-country project, which integrated a participatory, peer-to-peer approach, co-designed by project partners.

• Women’s Voice and Leadership – Pakistan, including local women’s rights organizations, Oxfam in Pakistan (OiP), and Oxfam Canada.

Participants will have the opportunity to ‘deep dive’ into the three project examples with country-based staff and partners leading discussions in breakout rooms.

Methodologies that can be incorporated into feminist MEAL approaches will be shared and participants will have the opportunity to experience at least one of these methodologies.

About the Facilitator

Anna Du Vent is the Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) at Oxfam Canada (OCA), leading OCA’s work in applying feminist approaches throughout its MEAL systems. Anna also led the MEAL work for OCA’s flagship six-country ending violence against women and girls project. Anna specializes in qualitative methodologies focused on program learning processes, including identifying, documenting and sharing best practices. She has led teams on projects related to youth development, economic empowerment, and legal reform in Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Registration deadline: September 28, 2021