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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

Title: Using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping in formative evaluation

 

Presenter:

Leslie Malloy-Weir, PhD
 

 

Date and Time:

September 25 from 12:00–1:00pm

Location in Saskatoon:

Arts 166 (Department of Psychology), University of Saskatchewan, 9 Campus Drive. Meter parking and pay parking lots are available on campus. 

This session is open to CES members and students only and there is no cost for this presentation.