Evaluating Community Impact:
Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes

"Moving the needles" on community-wide issues requires cross-sector coordination and an engaged community.

There are countless community change initiatives working on a diversity of issues in our country, such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration and workforce development. Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes is a three-day workshop intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic knowledge and experience with evaluation and are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of getting feedback on local efforts to change communities. It is not designed for professional evaluators. Please browse this webpage to learn more about the workshop and how you can become a member of our learning community from October 27-29 in Montréal, Québec.

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“I had struggled in the past with how to conceptualize evaluating change at the community level, and now I understand with great clarity how to proceed with doing this.”

“The ECI provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the work I do, share ideas and experiences with others doing similar work, and the opportunity to explore certain concepts in more detail.”

“The presentations and speakers worked for me because they represented a different orientation to evaluation than the traditional models I am used to. Every part of the workshop helped to reinforce this new point of view.”

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for you if:

- You manage programs that need to be evaluated

- You are part of a collaborative that is trying to understand how to evaluate

- You are a community development professional who wants to make the connection between learning and community change

- You are in a collective impact network and wanting to understand shared measurement

- Evaluation is part of your job description



Learning Agenda

  • Models and dynamics of community change i.e.Theory of Change
  • Evaluative thinking, utilization focused evaluation, and developmental evaluation
  • Program evaluation and the evaluation of community change evaluation
  • ‘Measuring’ systems change, dealing with unanticipated outcomes, attributing outcomes to change activities and participatory sense-making
  • Evaluation Planning Tools and Outcome Evaluation Tools
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Curriculum Team

This workshop will be led by Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver. Mark is Canada's foremost expert on developmental evaluation and has worked in community change his entire life. Liz runs Canada's largest Collective Impact initiative and consults across North America on issues related to community change. Together, they have designed this workshop to incorporate their practical experiences in developing and measuring community impact initiatives, as well as the challenges they have faced in doing so.

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The Evaluating Community Impact workshop is taking place in Montréal, Québec from October 27-29, 2015.