Evaluations can be highly complex for a number of reasons: the subject matter (or program type), program structure, evaluation governance structure, implementation circumstances and/or the sources of information. This complexity, unfortunately, can lead to a number of undesired evaluation outcomes, including delayed time lines, ill-adapted methodologies, inappropriate findings/conclusions or recommendations, conflicts and other problematic situations. For this workshop, the presenters will present key strategies and tips that could be used for four types of challenging evaluations: evaluations requiring complex methodologies; horizontal and multi-program evaluations; evaluations of highly complex subject matters/programs; and evaluations about sensitive programs or issues. Participants will learn about practical strategies and tools to help them deal with these complexities and achieve successful evaluations. The workshop will be presented in an interactive format that will allow participants to learn from experiences of other participants.
Benoît Gauthier was introduced to evaluation in 1984. He holds one Master’s degree in political science and one in public administration. He spent seven years in the federal public service before joining the private sector. He was Vice-president at Ekos Research Associates and has been President of Circum Network since 1996. He has a keen interest in organizational management issues, bridging rigorous measurement and management concerns. He acquired the Credentialed Evaluator designation as well as the Certified Management Consultant and the Certified Marketing Research Professional certifications. He teaches at ENAP and Carleton University; he is an Honorary Fellow of the Northern Institute of Charles Darwin University. He is the co-editor of Recherche sociale: de la problématique à la collecte des données, an introduction to social research (six editions between 1984 and 2016). Benoît has received the CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada, the 2003 CES-NCC Leadership Recognition Award, the CES Exemplary Service Award, and the CESEF Award for Contribution to Research on Evaluation Practice.
Simon Roy is a Partner at Goss Gilroy Inc. He has conducted evaluations in a wide range of areas since 1995, including in the areas of human resources, training, science and technology, culture, economic development, Aboriginal programming, and health. Simon has a Doctorate in Sociology (University of Paris, 1995) and is a credentialed evaluator. He is currently treasurer of CES National.
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.