Canadian Evaluation Society Workshop
Intermediate level — English
For evaluators both internal and external working directly/indirectly for/or with the social innovators in the public/not-for-profit sector who find themselves dealing with problems, trying out strategies, and striving to achieve goals that emerge from their engagement with the change process. BME is a global initiative focused on training the next generation of evaluators, urging us to know and face the realities of the Anthropocene & act accordingly. Various levels of governments in countries such as Canada are by far the largest stakeholders in transformative engagements where public servants, guided by principles of Democracy, Respect for People, Integrity, Stewardship & Excellence are entrusted to serve the people. Hands-on learning will show how BME can provide a framework for developing, adapting and evaluating major system change initiatives and transformation involving complex networks while rooted in utilization-focused, developmental, and principles-focused evaluation.
Prerequisites: This course is at the intermediate level and requires at minimum an intermediate understanding of program evaluation terms and methodology. Participants are encouraged to read about Developmental Evaluation, Principles-focused evaluation, Blue Marble Evaluation and familiarize themselves with the BME website https://bluemarbleeval.org/principles
- Participants will learn how to embed evaluative thinking to enable learning as you go by using iterative logic modeling to empower those who are working together toward common goals based on shared principles.
- Participants will learn how to zoom in and out to provide timely, meaningful, relevant, credible, and actionable information in support of systems change and, ultimately, transformation.
- Participants will learn how to be a BME and be part of the solution, utilizing principles-focused developmental evaluation as an intervention that informs innovative and adaptive development in complex realities of the Anthropocene.