The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) annual Student Case Competition provides an opportunity for university students from all regions of Canada to acquire invaluable experience. This practice note by members of the winning team in the 2015 competition explains how participating contributed to the development of specific evaluation competencies. Participation in the competition is recommended to other students as an excellent way to learn, grow, and develop evaluation expertise that should prove useful in any chosen career.
The Pitfalls And The Potential Of Early Evaluation Efforts: Lessons Learned From The Health Services Sector
Evaluators often find themselves assuming a variety of roles as they examine programs and interact with the people who are connected to programs. The present article proposes that this is especially true when attempting to conduct an impact evaluation very quickly after a new program is initiated. Given the increasing trends toward program accountability, administrators will often undertake evaluations very quickly after new programs are initiated, and evaluators are increasingly asked to determine the impact of program that is not yet fully functioning.