Free CES Webinar – CJPE Book Club: Meta-Modeling: A Theory-Based Synthesis Approach

Presented by Sebastian Lemire

WHEN:  April 3, 2019 from 12 pm to 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time

WHERE: CES webinars take place online using the GoToWebinar platform. You can check your computer's requirements here.

REGISTRATION: Please go here to register:  LINK

COST: Free



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The CJPE Book Club:

The CJPE is pleased to have launched its new book club, in collaboration with CES. The purpose of the book club is to explore recent CJPE publications through a web-based presentation by one of our authors, followed by a Q&A from participants. The authors will have the opportunity to share their work and any new updates since publication, and the participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, comments and questions with the author. What better way to explore ground breaking evaluation research and innovative practices?

Although it is not mandatory, participants are encouraged to consult the article on the menu prior to the meeting, in order to fully benefit from the exchanges. No worries if you have not had time to read the article, its author will present a short summary.

Here is the link to read the article for the next meeting:


Webinar focus:

Research synthesis has become an increasingly popular approach for summarizing primary research. In the past two decades, interest in mixed methods reviews has steadily grown, followed, more recently, by an increased attention to theory-based syntheses.

This article advances and illustrates a practical application of meta-modeling—a mixed methods, theory-based synthesis approach. The proposed methodology combines meta-analytic and qualitative comparative techniques in developing a program theory—a meta-model—of how and why a program works.

As the article illustrates, meta-modeling provides for a structured and transparent synthesis approach for building program theories across existing studies.

The webinar concludes with a case example of how an evaluation team used digital photographs in an evaluation of a teacher professional development program.

(CJPE, Volume 33, Special Issue, 2018)


Biography of presenter:

Sebastian brings 15 years of experience designing and managing evaluation projects for public and private sector organizations. His over 60 evaluation and applied studies cover the fields of education, market development, and social welfare. Before earning his PhD in Social Research Methodology at UCLA, he was a Senior Evaluation Consultant at Ramboll Management Consulting. Sebastian’s areas of interest revolve around evaluation capacity (building), theory-based evaluation, alternative approaches for impact evaluation, and mixed-method research. Sebastian Lemire is a postdoctoral scholar in the Social Research Methodology Division in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.


Learning objectives/competencies:

This webinar aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

1.1 Knows evaluation theories, models, methods and tools and stays informed about new thinking and best practices.

2.6 Uses appropriate evaluation methods.

If you have any questions please contact Vicky Van Massenhoven at [email protected]