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Participatory Evaluation: Community-Based Assessment + Strategic Learning Practices

This learning event includes both a virtual workshop and group coaching

Two Dates are available: 

September Workshop | September 22, with coaching in October - Sold Out, Join the Waitlist

October Workshop | October 20, with coaching in November - Sold Out, Join the Waitlist

This virtual workshop will provide you with a solid overview of the theory, concepts, approach, and practical steps needed for designing and conducting participatory evaluation. Engaging in participatory community-based assessment and strategic learning practices enriches community relationships and strengthens overall ownership and outcomes. During this workshop you will start reflecting on your own evaluation experience and gain an understanding of participatory evaluation approaches, concepts, and steps to strengthen and support how they design and conduct evaluation into their own community-focused work.

Tamarack values small group interaction and workshop environments.  We are intentionally limiting each virtual workshop to 50-60 participants to ensure that you can maximize your learning and connection.

Traditionally, the field of evaluation tended towards understanding whether results were achieved from a program or intervention based on a set of objectives and outcomes. Over time we have learned that evidence of success doesn’t stop at results, we also need to understand howthey were achieved: What factors contributed to the changes? Who was involved? How was it achieved? Or, why did it occur at all? 

In today’s climate, not only are we are working to address root causes of social issues in communities using tried and trusted frameworks, we are also acutely aware of the barriers to participation arising as a result of the pandemic, social and structural factors and inequities that greatly influence our work, and transitions to online environments. 

The success of participatory evaluation acknowledges relationship dynamics as central to the process. How, when, and who is involved in evaluation practices are important, and evidence strongly 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 knowledge and tools to support your decision-making processes when it comes to thinking about what you will need to bring participatory evaluation practices into your community change work.

What Will I Learn?
This virtual workshop is divided into three distinct parts: 

PART ONE: Includes a 1 hour pre-learning and self-reflection component where you'll be asked to asses your evaluation skill set.


PART TWO: During this 3.5 hour virtual workshop we will critically reflect on how to define participatory evaluation while exploring foundational theory, concepts and practices; examine types of participatory evaluation and the principles that ground them; and explore a variety of evaluation approaches and tools that can strengthen your decision-making and work in this area.  


PART THREE: During the 1 hour group coaching session one month after the virtual workshop you have the opportunity to further build your skill set on participatory evaluation. For example, by asking questions, sharing with peers and the facilitator(s), and reflecting on your post-workshop evaluation planning. . 


The workshop package will be filled with both content and practical tools and take-aways that you will be able to use in your participatory evaluation efforts within your own organization or collaborative community-based interventions.  


Spend the virtual workshop session with Pamela and Lisa and experience: 


What is participatory evaluation 

We will take you through a guided reflection on what is evaluation, what are the different types of participatory evaluation, and what it means at the level of community-based work.  

You will then use a spectrum tool to examine what is participatory evaluation, participants will learn how it differs from conventional evaluation, and what it means to engage in empowering evaluation practices.  

Understand how participatory evaluation supports strategic learning and how your practices affect your outcomes. 

Self-reflection on existing evaluation practices – We will share a tool that will assist you in gaining better insight into your existing evaluation experience. 

Exploring approaches and methods to doing participatory evaluation  Together, we will journey through the participatory evaluation landscape and learn about a variety of approaches, methods and tools that can contribute to your evaluation experience. 

Bringing it all together
  We will walk through a mapping process to show how key decisions can be made when planning participatory evaluation. 

Putting criteria and principles into action  Identify criteria and principles that apply to your work 

Choosing the right approach and methods  Understand how to select the appropriate approach and methods. 

Planning together Use the workbook to support you through the design of your next evaluation process. 






Join the Waitlist for the September WorkshopJoin the Waitlist for the October Workshop

"Over time reframing evaluation in our work to be more participatory and collaborative leads to higher levels of learning, strengthened community relations and greater transparency."

Pamela Teitelbaum, Strengthening Evaluation Literacy


Pamela Teitelbaum
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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

Learn more about Pamela


LisaAttygalle-137609-editedLisa Attygalle

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.

Learn more about Lisa


Pre-Workshop Learning: Registrants will receive and complete prior to the workshop

September Workshop: September 22, 1:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern via Zoom. Sold Out - Join the waitlist.

October Workshop: October 20, 1:00 - 4:30 Eastern via Zoom. Sold Out - Join the waitlist.

Registration is now open, and is limited to 50 learners.  Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package ahead of the workshop.  Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance.  Post-workshop, we'll hold a one hour coaching session with small groups.  


Registration Price: $199 for single registration

Groups of 3 are eligible for a discounted price of $159 per person. 

Cities Reducing Poverty, Cities Deepening Community, and Communities Building Youth Futures members are eligible for a reduced price of $159 per person. Contact Duncan for more information.

The registration rate includes the pre-workshop package, the 3.5 hour virtual workshop and a one hour post-workshop small group coaching session. It also includes a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.

If you are in need of assistance with your registration or have any questions, contact Duncan. 


Get a jump on your learning with these suggested resources:

Paper | Strengthening Evaluation Literacy

Paper | Creating the Culture for Engagement

Webinar | Scale Deep: Using a Feminist Approach to Shift Systems


September 22, 2020 - Sold Out

Join the Waitlist for the September Workshop

October 20, 2020 - Sold Out

Join the Waitlist for the October Workshop

For questions regarding this event, reach out to Duncan.
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Mikayla.