Evaluating Community Impact

Saskatoon, SK - November 14-16, 2017

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.  

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.

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. Please browse this webpage to learn more about the workshop and how you can become a member of our learning community from November 14-16 in Saskatoon, SK.

"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


“I had struggled in the past with how to conceptualize evaluating change at the community level, and now I understand with great clarity how to proceed with doing this.”

“The ECI provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the work I do, share ideas and experiences with others doing similar work, and the opportunity to explore certain concepts in more detail.”

“The presentations and speakers worked for me because they represented a different orientation to evaluation than the traditional models I am used to. Every part of the workshop helped to reinforce this new point of view.”

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for you if:

- You manage programs that need to be evaluated

- You are part of a collaborative that is trying to understand how to evaluate

- You are a community development professional who wants to make the connection between learning and community change

- You are in a collective impact network and wanting to understand shared measurement

- Evaluation is part of your job description


 Are you a young professional looking to develop your Evaluation skills?

Tamarack is proud to annouce the launch of the Rising Star Initiative. In partnership with Cadillac Fairview, this opportunity offers mentorship along with a free seat to Evaluating Community Impact for young professionals who are interested in accelerating their impact in community change. Sound like you? 

Learn more about the Rising Star Initiative

Learning Agenda

Highlights of the learning agenda:
  • The case for using adaptive evaluation strategies to tackle complex issues
  • Innovative methods and tools for assessing outcomes
  • Designing evaluations that are used: five aides for action
  • Principles and frameworks for capturing systems -- rather than programmatic -- changes
  • Assessing a group's readiness and capacity for capturning community change

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Curriculum Team

This workshop will be led by Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver. Mark is a leading practitioner in Canada in developmental evaluation and has worked in community change his entire life. Liz has run Canada's largest Collective Impact initiative and consults across North America on issues related to community change. Together, they have designed this workshop to incorporate their practical experiences in developing and measuring community impact initiatives, as well as the challenges they have faced in doing so. 

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