The Art and Science of Producing Effective Infographics @ Online
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Data visualization as a hot topic in the evaluation world, especially in knowledge transfer activities. The 2-hour webinar will focus on a specific type of data visualization, 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 briefly to the science of why we use infographics in communicating to our various audiences (clients and funders). The bulk of the time will be focused on a step by step process to create infographics, and including relevant 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 some resources and tools for infographic production. The session will conclude with a short question and answer 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, how the brain processes information and how infographics are designed to appeal to information processing

3. Identify and appraise the design elements of effective infographics

4. Utilize a sequenced plan to create infographics

5. 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

Biography of presenter:

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.

A note on refunds:

If, for any reason, you prefer not to go ahead with your participation in one of our professional development events, you can cancel at any time and receive a 100% refund.  If you wish to cancel, please contact Kaitlyn by email at admin@evaluationontario.ca.

Strategic Project Management for Evaluators @ Online
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Light-touch Project Management Tools for Evaluators

The sheer volume of guidance in the PMBOK® Guide and other project management resources can make it challenging for evaluators to know which project management tools to prioritize, and when and how to apply them. To paraphrase Tommy Lasorda, the effective management of an evaluation project is like ‘holding a dove – you need to hold it tightly enough that it doesn’t fly away, but not so tightly that you crush it.’ This online workshop provides theory and hands-on experience applying light-touch project management tools that have been tailored for evaluation projects.

By the end of the three-hour online workshop, participants will be able to:

· Describe how the project management mindset of “define then deliver” can be applied to evaluation projects.

· Construct a work breakdown structure (WBS) to articulate the scope of a project in terms of concrete deliverables.

· Describe how the deliverables in a WBS can be used as the foundation for schedule and budget development.

· Implement deliverable-based project monitoring and control using a simple tracking sheet.

This project management workshop aligns directly with CES competency 4.0: Management Practice. The workshop aims to support program evaluators with foundational skills and tools that help manage projects/evaluations such as work plans, coordinating accountabilities and resources (including budget) at outlined in the CES Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice. The workshop also supports CES competency 2.0: Technical Practice.

Participants should have a computer with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel (or equivalent) loaded.

About the Facilitator

Alison Paprica is Principal of the boutique consultancy, Research Project Management (RPM) founded in 2013. She is also assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Executive Advisor and Affiliate Scientist at ICES and a member of the Executive Committee for Health Data Research Network Canada. Her previous roles include inaugural Vice President, Health Strategy and Partnerships at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence; Director, Strategic Partnerships at ICES; Director of the Planning, Research & Analysis Branch at the Ontario health ministry and management positions in international pharmaceutical R&D. Alison holds an Honours Combined BSc in biochemistry and chemistry (McMaster), a PhD in organic chemistry (Western University). She is among the first 3% of people to obtain Project Management Professional (PMP) certification internationally, and has led the development and delivery project management for research courses and workshops for the University of Toronto, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC)-funded CREATE programs, and others.