How can social innovators ensure that they are (a) adhering to core principles that reflect their deeply held values and beliefs, (b) effectively navigating diverse and dynamic contexts and (c) generating desired results?
Principles-focused evaluation is one of the latest developments in the field of evaluation that seeks to assist social innovators and evaluators tackle some of the most complex issues of our time.
Join evaluation pioneer Michael Quinn Patton and experienced evaluator Mark Cabaj in an intensive workshop that explores the principles-focused evaluation approach and demonstrates its relevance and application in a range of settings. This highly anticipated event is being brought back by popular demand after selling out in 2018, and will be coming to three cities across Ontario and Quebec this fall.
This day-long workshop will be filled with both content and practical tools and take-aways that participants will be able to use in their collaborative efforts or in their workplaces.
Michael Patton, with more than 45 years experience as an evaluator, is a generalist who uses all kinds of methods, especially mixed methods, and focuses on adapting the design to the situation, intended uses, and intended users to maximize use -- utilization-focused evaluation, the approach he pioneered in the 1970's. He has worked with organizations and programs at the international, national, state, and local levels, and with philanthropic, not-for-profit, private sector, and government programs.
He has worked with peoples from many different cultures and perspectives. As a generalist he has worked across the full range of efforts at improving human effectiveness and results, including programs in leadership development, education, human services, the environment, public health, employment, agricultural extension, food systems, human rights, early childhood, arts, criminal justice, anti-poverty programs, transportation, diversity, managing for results, performance indicators, effective governance, and futuring. His recent work has focused on developmental evaluation and principles-driven evaluation, both of which he pioneered, and are based on complexity theory and systems thinking. Michael is also co-author of Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed with Frances Westley and Brenda Zimmerman.
Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack Institute.
Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues (e.g. neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health). He has first-hand knowledge of using evaluation as a policy maker, philanthropist, and activist, and has played a big role in promoting the emerging practice of developmental evaluation in Canada.
This workshop will be offered in three cities:
- London, ON - September 9, 2019
- Toronto, ON - September 10, 2019
- Montreal, QC - September 12, 2019
Registration will open at 8:30am, 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 $329 per person.
The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. Also enjoy a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.
A limited number of scholarships are available for this event, and can cover up to 50% of the registration cost. Any additional costs incurred to attend the Tamarack Learning Event, including travel, hotel, and incidental costs must be covered by the individual and/or their sponsoring organization. The deadline to apply is August 9th.
If you are in need of assistance with your scholarship application or have any questions, contact Jack Gibbings.
Get a jump on your learning with these suggested resources:
- Michael Quinn Patton's book: Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE
- View a webinar with Mark Cabaj and Michael Quinn Patton on Principles-Focused Evaluation for Community Changemakers