One week until the 2016 Canadian Evaluation Society conference

One week from today, I’ll be on the opposite side of Canada, attending the Canadian Evaluation Society’s 2016 conference.

I’m doing presenting in two sessions at the conference: one pre-conference workshop and one conference presentation.

On June 5, my sister and I are giving a workshop based on a project we’ve been working on:

Accelerating Your Logic Models: Interactivity for Better Communication by Beth Snow and Nancy Snow

Logic models are commonly used by evaluators to illustrate relationships among a program’s inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. They are useful in helping intended users develop programs, communicate a program’s theory of change, and design evaluations. However, a static logic model often does not allow us to convey the complexity of the interrelationships or explore the potential effects of altering components of the model.

In this workshop, we will explore and create interactive logic models that will allow you to more easily demonstrate the logic within a complex model and to explore visually the implications of changes within the model. In addition, participants will be introduced to information design principles that can make their logic models – even complex ones – easier for intended users to understand and use.

Bring a logic model of your own that you would like to work on or work with one of ours to get some hands on practice at accelerating your logic model.

You will learn:

  • to create an interactive logic model in a virtual environment

  • to speak and write in a more informative way about the visual representations in your logic models

  • to apply information design-based principles when generating logic models

On June 6, I’ll be giving a presentation based on my main project at work:

Quick wins: The benefits of applying evaluative thinking to project development by Beth Snow and Joyce Cheng

The Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) project aims to transform healthcare in Vancouver by standardizing clinical practice and creating a shared clinical information system across 3 health organizations. Ultimately, the system will be used by 40000 users at 40 hospitals, residential care homes, etc. The project includes an evaluation team tasked with answering the question “Once implemented, does CST achieve what it set out to achieve?” By being engaged early in the project, the evaluation team has been able to use evaluative thinking and evaluation tools to influence non-evaluators to advance the project, long before “the evaluation” itself is implemented. This presentation will explore the ways in which the early work of the evaluation team has influenced the development of the project — including facilitating leadership to articulate goals and helping the project use those goals to guide decisions — at the levels of individuals, project subteams, and the project as a whole.

There’s still time to register if you are interested!

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