This three-hour intermediate-level workshop will explore theory and techniques to maximize the impact of evaluation results. Using a policy perspective, we will discuss strategies to use when drawing conclusions and developing meaningful recommendations. We will explore:
- Constraints and biases that work against useful evaluation conclusions and recommendations.
- A policy framework and checklist to apply the theory to practice.
- Strategies to marshal the evidence and develop astute recommendations.
- A case study for small groups to apply the checklist.
Participants will take away fresh ideas, tools, and techniquesto increase the utilization of evaluation findings in their own evaluation contexts.
Gail Vallance Barrington has over 30 years of practical experience running her consulting practice and has conducted more than 130 evaluation studies. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. She teaches online courses on program evaluation and research methods for both Athabasca University and Michigan State University. Her recent book, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers, (SAGE, 2012) has been well received and she continues to train and blog on consulting and evaluation topics. Gail is currently Vice President of the Canadian Evaluation Society and is responsible for the Professional Designation Programs.
This event is part of four workshops CES Ontario is offering in Toronto on November 10 and 11. Please note that it will be held concurrently with one other session. The full workshop schedule is:
Thursday, November 10, 2 pm - 5 pm
- Advanced Survey Research — Benoît Gauthier, CE & Dr. Simon Roy, CE
- Focus Groups in Evaluation — Dr. Harry Cummings, CE
Friday, November 11, 9 am - 12 pm
- Conducting Complex Evaluations – Dr. Simon Roy, CE & Benoît Gauthier. CE
- After Data Analysis: A Policy Framework for Astute Recommendations – Dr. Gail Vallance Barrington, CE
This workshop is also considered "ongoing learning and professional development" under Qualification 4 of the Credentialed Evaluator designation.