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A Roundtable on the Teaching of Evaluation at the University of Guelph
Mon, 15 May 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Program evaluation work is a great career option for people with an interest in the links between research and social action. How is the University of Guelph preparing students for this kind of career? Could we do a better job? What are the implications for teaching practical real world skills in graduate programs more broadly? Join us at this roundtable and share your thoughts as we explore these questions and more.
This event is co-hosted by the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and Evaluation Café Guelph. It will be moderated by Andrew Taylor, CESI Engaged Practitioner in Residence and co-owner of Taylor Newberry Consulting. Panelists will include:
- Harry Cummings, President of the Canadian Evaluation Society & Professor in the Rural Planning and Development Department at the University of Guelph
- Andrew Papadopoulos, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Public Health Program, University of Guelph
- Don Murray from Evaluation Café Guelph, a local network of evaluation practitioners
- Lindsey Thomson, Manager, Community Engaged Learning, The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute
A light lunch will be provided.
Program evaluation is a form of community engaged scholarship built, from the ground up, to understand and inform action. Consequently, evaluation work is a great way for the University of Guelph to act on its goals of building connected communities and catalyzing change. As governments and other major community institutions invest more resources in evaluation, it is also an appealing career option for students interested in applying their social research skills to real world problems.
On campus, several different departments teach evaluation courses, and many graduate students undertake practicum placements or thesis projects that include evaluation components. However, succeeding in program evaluation work often requires skills in coaching, facilitation, management consulting and knowledge mobilization as well as research. Is the University of Guelph equipping students with the skills they need to succeed as evaluators?
This roundtable discussion will focus on the ways in which the University of Guelph is teaching program evaluation skills. It will bring together representatives from different schools and departments to reflect on current practice, and to explore ideas for improvement.