Workshop #1

Pre-Conference Workshops - May 16th, 2004


#1 - Collaborative Evaluation: Is there Life beyond Logic Models?
A full-day, intermediate workshop facilitated by:
Gail Barrington, Ph.D., President, Barrington Research Group, Inc., Calgary AB

In the rush to comply with demands for accountability and performance measurement, there is a danger that evaluation will become too mechanistic and that the intrinsic richness of a collaborative approach will be lost. This interactive one-day workshop is designed for evaluators to consider ways of ensuring evaluation utility at all levels, not just at the top. After reviewing the key underpinnings of a collaborative approach to designing, conducting and reporting an evaluation, participants will have an opportunity to assess their own environments for collaborative opportunities. The use of metaphor will be demonstrated as a gateway to more creative, empowered designs that move “outside the box.” Stakeholder needs, benefits and politics will be mapped and dramatized. Participants will work in small groups to problem-solve scenarios and strategize ways of improving collaborative opportunities using the tools provided. A case study exercise will allow participants to reflect on what they have learned. At the end of the day, a round-up session will address other related issues and further resources will be provided. Participants should leave with a renewed sense of the many collaborative possibilities that program evaluation offers us.


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