Event Details

Evaluating Community Impact

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Thursday, November 16, 2017
Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

This is the final Evaluating Community Impact workshop.  If you are interested in evaluating community change and impact, you will not want to miss this.  

Do you manage programs that need to be evaluated? Are you part of a collaborative that is trying to understand how to evaluate your work? Are you a community development professional who wants to make the connection between learning and community change? If so, this workshop may be right for you.

There are countless community change initiatives working on a diversity of issues in our country, such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration and workforce development. Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes is a three-day workshop intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

"Moving the needles" on community-wide issues requires cross-sector coordination, an engaged community... and a new approach to evaluation. 

Our newly revised workshop format helps workshop participants develop concrete elements of an evaluation strategy for their work back in their home community. You will learn:

1. Three frameworks to organize and communicate the “progress” of community change initiatives

2. Four scenarios for using hard and soft indicators to capture outcomes

3. A new method for demonstrating a group’s contribution – rather than attribution -- to outcomes

4. Five aides to improve the chances that social innovators and evaluators develop evaluations that are used

5. A continuum of strategy – ranging from emergent to traditional – and their implications for evaluation

This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic knowledge and experience with evaluation and are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of getting feedback on local efforts to change communities. It is not designed for professional evaluators. 

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