Traditionally, the field of evaluation has aimed to understand whether our work was achieving results and our objectives were reached. As we started gathering evidence of these successes, we were not just curious about what those changes were, we also began to wonder how we are contributing to changes at the community level—who was involved, how was it achieved, or why did it occur at all?
Today, as we are working to address root causes of social issues in communities using tried and trusted frameworks, we are also acutely aware of the social and structural factors that greatly influence our work. These include such things as existing distributions of power and relationship dynamics that includes understanding the role that trust plays in collaborative and participatory processes. Understanding these are key to doing this work successfully.
How, when, and who is involved in evaluation practices are important, and evidence suggests that there is greater learning and adoption of evaluation processes and findings when they include the community in the designing and planning, implementation and reporting stages of this type of work.
Community leaders, funders, community organizations, changemakers and other stakeholders are asking for stakeholder-involved evaluation design, and this workshop will equip you with the understanding what you will need to bring participatory evaluation practices into your community change work.
By the end of this exciting 2-day workshop, you will be able to
Explain evaluation concepts related to participatory and collaborative approaches
Examine different types of participatory and collaborative approaches to evaluation and when to apply them in your work
Understand the benefits of participation in evaluation and engagement processes
Critically reflect on your own understanding of terms like equity, equality and power in an evaluation context
Ask ‘the right’ questions in the different stages of an evaluation (e.g., from planning and design, to implementation and reporting)
Apply a variety of concepts and techniques of collaborative approaches to evaluation within your own community engagement initiatives.
This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic knowledge and experience with evaluating community change efforts, and are eager to enhance your understanding and practices.
This workshop is for you if:
You are responsible for programs and/or services with direct impacts on communities
Engagement or evaluation is part of your job description
You are in a Collective Impact network and want to want to enhance your collaborative’s ability to learn while doing
You are a funder who is interested in updating your understanding of participatory methods of evaluation
Highlights of the learning agenda include:
Essential components of Participatory Evaluation – What does it mean to be participatory and collaborative within evaluation practices?
A learning approach – Understanding the difference between learning vs. assessing and how your practices affect your outcomes
Thought leader panel – Exploring equity, equality and power in an evaluation context
Choosing the right method – A broad palette of tools and techniques, as well as guidance on how to choose the right one
Bringing it all together – Designing your next engagement
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 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 her role at Tamarack, Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.
Lisa comes to this work from the private sector where she worked at one of Canada's leading communications firms with clients in agribusiness, healthcare, financial services and technology. Lisa brings private sector knowledge to public sector work. Hailing from Australia, Lisa also worked on major water infrastructure projects as the liaison between municipal government, engineering and the community.
Vancouver, BC | April 6-7
The workshop will take place at SFU’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue located at 580 West Hastings Street Vancouver.
Registration will open at 8:30am on both April 6th and 7th. Coffee & tea will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.
The registration rate (in Canadian dollars) is
$850 per person for a single registration
$800 per person for groups of 2-4
$750 per person for groups of 5 or more
Vibrant Communities members are eligible for the lowest rate. The registration rate includes the two-day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.
If you are in need of assistance with your registration or have any questions, contact Jack Gibbings.
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