Over the last twenty years people interested in building strong communities have been making an important shift. Eager to “move the needle” on our quality of life issues, they are experimenting with new ways to create mutually reinforcing community-wide strategies that yield big changes as opposed to hoping that the individual efforts of organizations and services end up being more than the sum of their parts.
This new approach to community change requires a different way to evaluate.
Monday, September 30 | What makes evaluation meaningful to my social change work?
We often ask ourselves this question, but often don’t have the time to answer it. This skills session will provide a space for you to better understand different ways of ‘valuing’ the evaluation experience by examining a variety of evaluation methodologies that can help you respond to your individual contexts of change.
Tuesday, October 1 | Holding a party down at the river: Creating a more participatory evaluation practice
Evaluation practice can have a transformative effect on the participants involved, producing change simply by engaging people in a critical inquiry-based, reflective evaluation process. Drawing from Fetterman, Rodrı guez-Campos, Wandersman, and Goldfarb O’Sullivan’s work, this session facilitates thinking around how to engage all stakeholders in an evaluative learning process using collaborative, participatory and empowering methods for data collection and reporting.
Wednesday, October 2 | Appropriating education evaluation theory to community change work
To what extent can continuous evaluation models help us track changes resulting from community initiatives? The purpose of this session is to better understand how designing and implementing evaluation processes and practice during the planning stages of community initiatives strengthens the overall evaluation. This can influence the quality of your work, the work of your organization and that of long-term community changes.
Consulting Director, Evaluating Impact
Tamarack Learning Centre
Pamela is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Evaluating Impact Practice Area. She is passionate about supporting and facilitating an interplay of learning and evaluation that creates transformative experiences aimed at developing healthy, equitable, gender-responsive and rights-based communities. Pamela believes that increasing access and awareness about evaluation strategies, methodologies and processes leads to more critical, collaborative and long-term community change.
By increasing the capacity of communities to engage in and employ strategically-designed evaluation and learning practices, more possibilities are created for stakeholders and beneficiaries to experience the value of community changes and how they lead to effective, efficient and impactful outcomes. In 2010, Pamela founded a consulting company specializing in evaluating and supporting capacity building, educational design, training, monitoring and evaluation, social policy research and community engagement. With over 20 years of experience designing and facilitating training, leading social policy research and evaluation processes, she has worked extensively within the international and Canadian NGO sector in the fields of international human rights education, gender equality, and community development.