The CES is glad to announce a webinar delivered on November 8 in English by Alison Paprica entitled Light Touch Project Management for Evaluators.
More than 3 million practitioners in 150 countries around the world use the 47 tools and processes described in the 500-page Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Though the PMBOK® Guide emphasizes that it is up to the team to determine the right amount of project management for their project, in practice the sheer volume of PMBOK® guidance makes it challenging for evaluators to know which tools to apply, and when and how to apply them.
This webinar presents four PMBOK®-derived light-touch project management tools: the work breakdown structure, Gantt chart schedule, deliverable-based budget and tracking sheet; all of which can be applied using the standard Microsoft Office suite of applications. Fictional case studies are used to show how the tools can be applied to evaluation projects.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 12 pm to 1 pm Eastern StandardTime
WHERE: CES webinars take place online using the GoToWebinar platform. You can check your computer's requirements.
COST: Free for all CES members
Biography of presenter
Alison Paprica is the Principal and founder of Research Project Management (RPM), a boutique consultancy focused on the leadership and management of large scale research and evaluation projects. She is also Assistant Professor (Status) at the Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Director, Strategic Partnerships at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
From 2010-2013, Alison was Director of the Planning, Research & Analysis Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, responsible for up $60 million of annual health research investment. In that role she was responsible for the creation and oversight of the ministry’s Economic Analysis and Evaluation Unit. Within the Ontario public service, Alison also held the positions of founding Manager of the Planning Unit at the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care and Manager of Performance Measurement & Results at the Ministry of Research & Innovation.
Prior to joining the public service in 2001, Alison worked in international pharmaceutical R&D for seven years at Eli Lilly, Astra Pharma and Genpharm Inc. She has her PhD in organic chemistry and is among the first 5% of the 700,000+ people who hold Project Management Professional (PMP) internationally.
As a strong supporter of evidence-informed policy and practice, and expert practitioner of project management, Alison has developed workshops and courses to build management and leadership capacity in the research and evaluation sectors.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe how the project management mindset of “define then deliver” can be applied to evaluation projects.
- Construct a Work Breakdown Structure to articulate the scope of a project in terms of concrete deliverables.
- Describe how the deliverables in a Work Breakdown Structure can be used as the foundation for schedule and budget development.
- Implement deliverable-based project monitoring and control using a simple tracking sheet.
This project management webinar aligns directly with CES competency 4.0: Management Practice. The webinar aims to support program evaluators with foundational skills and tools that help manage projects/evaluations such as work plans, coordinating accountabilities and resources (including budget) at outlined in the CES Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice. The webinar also supports CES competency 2.0: Technical Practice.