Fall is a busy time getting ready for round one of the Student Evaluation Case Competition. Three volunteers have been busy preparing the case for the first round which takes place in February 2020, while other volunteers focus on other preparations. Many of the volunteers are past competition participants, a testament to the value of their own Student Evaluation Case Competition experience.
The competition is a fabulous opportunity for post-secondary students to showcase their program evaluation and collaborative skills. Some students find the experience so rewarding they return to participate a second year. See the C2020 blog for some insights from students about their experience.
The competition, managed and supported by the Canadian Evaluation Society, the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund, and a number of corporate and individual sponsors, has grown considerably since it was first introduced in 1996. No doubt, having a real program or initiative as the basis for each case, and a different case for each round, has contributed to keeping the competition fresh and compelling. Of course, it also appeals to new groups of students each year.
The notice to university professors about the upcoming competition went out in October. So students have been learning about it and have started forming teams. Part of the fun and creativity is coming up with a “company” name for the team. The sooner the teams form, the sooner they can start looking at past competitions to get a feel for the cases and submissions and start preparing with their coach.
Teams have until late January 2020 to register.