Dorothy Pinto, University of Alberta

Honorable mention, Student Essay Award, 2011

Title: Setting a Course for Collaboration: Supporting Child, Youth, and Family Success

Setting a Course for Collaboration presents a developmental evaluation design prepared in collaboration with an evaluation client as partial fulfillment of the requirements of a doctoral program evaluation course. The design process was undertaken over a four month term with the purpose of informing the development of professional learning tools to support Alberta's Approach to Collaborative Practices based on wraparound principles. These tools are intended to increase the capacity of the school community and its partners to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships, practices, relationships, and culture. A developmental evaluation approach is appropriate for this design because the client is committed to using emerging evaluation findings to inform ongoing decision-making. Evaluation activities include documentation and monitoring of tool development and collaboration processes, communication of findings, and facilitation of evaluative thinking among partners.