Tuesday, May 28 • 10:00 - 11:30
Navigating beyond projects and programs: Lessons learned conducting strategy-level evaluations

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Most evaluation work focuses on either the design, implementation, or effectiveness of specific interventions -- usually single initiatives or projects, or ongoing programs. Increasingly, however, I find our clients are asking for support determining what program evaluation results mean for their organizations, and how to make use of them in a more strategic way. This work involves aspects of developmental evaluation, strategic planning and management consulting, and performance measurement, and the complexity of this mix parallels that involved in evaluating social innovations (SI). Like SI evaluations, navigating the complexity of strategy-level evaluations is both thrilling and daunting. I will present lessons learned conducting two developmental evaluations of funding strategies -- each involving more than a dozen grant recipient projects -- with a Canadian philanthropic organization, and invite participants to share their suggestions and experiences in this emerging area.


Heather Smith Fowler

Research Director, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
Heather Smith Fowler is a Research Director with the Social Research Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) in Ottawa. She has been an evaluator and researcher for over 25 years and is particularly passionate about collaborating with others to find effective ways to address barriers to... Read More →

Jacey Payne

Jacey Payne is a Research Associate with SRDC, based in Calgary. Working in the research and evaluation sector for over a decade, she has expertise in health, education, employment, and human services. She has extensive experience in research and evaluation design as well as both... Read More →

Julie Rodier

Julie Rodier is a Research Associate in SRDC's Ottawa office. She uses her formal training in program evaluation to inform her work on a wide variety of projects in education, employment, and immigration. Fluently bilingual, she also works on issues of importance to minority language... Read More →

Tuesday May 28, 2019 10:00 - 11:30
Bedford Room - Conference Level

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