Evaluation Learning Lab: Linking Program Design and Evaluation

When: Session 1: November 3, 2018
Session 2: November 20, 2018
10 AM to 3:30 PM

Presentation Slides

Session Description

More and more, we’re asked to show the results of our work. From Ontario Trillium Foundation’s e-learning course on evaluation and Innoweave’s developmental evaluation module and support to the resources offered through Ontario Non-profit Network, “evaluation” is a common buzzword these days. Despite this emphasis, planning and carrying out evaluation of our efforts is often piecemeal or an afterthought.

But where to start? What is evaluation? How does it or how should it connect to our programs and initiatives and campaigns? In this session we’ll learn how to shift our thinking from evaluation as after-thought to evaluation as integral to the design of our initiatives. We’ll look at the outcomes you’re aiming to achieve and impacts you’re intending to make for a campaign, initiative or program
you’re running and make sure to use an evaluation lens in crafting that information. We’ll explore first-draft ideas for capturing these outcomes – with preliminary indicators or measurable approximations of the outcomes.

In this hybrid capacity building-coaching session, we’ll learn and get coaching from the session leader as well as get feedback from each other to strengthen your learning about evaluation principles as well as offer helpful advice for peers. Bring an evaluation quandary to work on – both as a learner and as a colleague.

Intended Outcomes

This workshop is for you if you want to:
• Learn where to start with evaluation
• Want to increase your understanding of evaluation terminology
• Translate your learning about evaluation into practice with an effort you’re currently working on
• Refine your outcomes so they more easily feed into evaluation and want support in doing that
• Improve your understanding of the linkage between the design of your
programs/campaigns/initiatives and evaluation

Instructional Approach

Through diverse learning methods from presentations to individual exercises, get ready to roll up your sleeves and work on a current evaluation challenge. Come join us and leave with a better sense of how to ensure that evaluation is part of your thinking as you plan and design your programs and campaigns.

Handouts, worksheets and sources for further information will be provided.

To further enhance the learning and apply what you’ve learned, registration also includes an hour telephone coaching with the facilitator within in two weeks of completing the session.

Logistics

For your best results, come with at least one other from your organization – a fellow staff member, a board member, a key stakeholder.