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Upcoming Professional Development

 

Essential Skills Series in Evaluation

Where/When:

Regina

United Way Regina, 1440 Scarth Street, Regina SK.

September 29th, October 23rd, November 16th, December 13th, 2017

 
 
Registration Deadline: September 25th, 2017
 
For: This course is designed for those who are new to evaluation.
Cost: $400 for students, $600 for members, and $750 for non-members (Cost covers lunch and coffee)
Contact: Sarah Sangster, [email protected]
 
The Essential Skills Series was completely re-designed in 2014 by the Canadian Evaluation Society incorporating state-of-the-art thinking and modern adult learning principles.
Prior knowledge of evaluation, or of social science research methods, is not required, and this course is geared towards individuals who are new to evaluation. On completion, participants to this four-day course will be equipped to enter and participate in the evaluation field and to develop as evaluation professionals. Graduates will be able to describe in basic terms 28 core evaluation concepts – from the uses and benefits of evaluation through common data collection methods to evaluation ethics and standards – and will gain elementary experience in six core practices – from creating logic models to writing findings statements.
 
Course overview
DAY 1:
1. FOUNDATIONS OF EVALUATION
  • Definition
  • Uses and Benefits
  • Settings
  • History and Context
  • The Program Cycle
  • Terminology
Activity: My Experience with Evaluation
2. EVALUATION OBJECTIVES AND ROLES
  • Clients and Stakeholders
  • Evaluation Purposes
  • Roles
  • Practice Case Part 1: Why Evaluate this Program?
3. DESCRIBING THE PROGRAM
  • Profiling the Program
  • Practice Case Part 2: Developing a Logic Model
4. EIP: REAL WORLD CHALLENGES
  • Resistance to Evaluation
  • Hidden Agendas
  • Cultural Considerations
DAY 2:
5. EVALUATION QUESTIONS
  • Evaluation Questions
  • Practice Case Part 3: Developing Evaluation Questions
6. EIP: STANDARDS AND ETHICS
  • Evaluation Standards
  • CES Guidelines for Ethical Conduct
  • Activity: Addressing Ethical Dilemmas
7. EVALUATION INDICATORS
  • Indicators
  • Practice Case, Part 4: Developing Indicators
8. COMMON RESEARCH METHODS: Part 1
  • Data Collection Methods
DAY 3:
8. COMMON RESEARCH METHODS: Part 1 (cont’d)
  • Data Collection Methods
9. EIP: EVALUATION AS A PROFESSION
  • Evaluation as a Discipline and the CES
  • The Professionalization of Evaluation and the CE Designation
10. COMMON RESEARCH METHODS: Part 2
  • Data Collection Methods
Activity: Qualitative Data Collection Challenges
11. RESEARCH DESIGN
  • Evaluation Design & Evidence Quality
  • Practice Case Part 5: Developing an Evidence Matrix
DAY 4:
12. DATA COLLECTION, MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS
  • Data Collection
  • Data Management
  • Data Analysis
Activity: Writing Findings Statements
13. EIP: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • Evaluation Project Management
  • Evaluation Budget and Scale
  • Practice Case, Part 6: Developing an Evaluation Budget
14. SYNTHESIZING EVIDENCE AND COMMUNICATING EVALUATION FINDINGS
  • Data Synthesis, Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Reporting and Use
  • Practice Case, Part 7: Developing a Reporting Plan
15. EIP: MODELS AND SPECIAL TOPICS IN EVALUATION
  • Approaches, Trends and Special Applications
COURSE CONCLUSION
  • Course Summary
  • Further Professional Development
 Activity: Learning and Application
 

Lunch and Learn

CES-SK is proud to announce our next Lunch and Learn Opportunity!

 

Title:

Reconsidering Our Favoured Indicators: Lessons from the Emerging Field of Community Safety and Well-Being

 

Presenter:

Dr. Chad Nilson is a Community-Engaged Scholar and Advisor with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies - University of Saskatchewan. Over the past decade Nilson has evaluated dozens of community-based programs and initiatives. He is nationally known for his contributions to conceptualization and measurement of collaborative risk-driven ‎community safety and well-being.

 

Date/Time:

December 4th, 12:00-1:00pm CST

 

Location:

CES members can participate in-person at ARTS 166 at the University of Saskatchewan, or by video conference