The Power of Evaluation:
Evaluation is the tool you need! By evaluating your program, you can achieve the following:
- Ensure your programs are accomplishing what they’re intended to.
- Make improvements to programing.
- Demonstrate your programs’ impact to leadership, funders, then individuals involved in your programs, and the broader community.
- Contribute to our understanding of mentoring in Alberta.
We’ve partnered with the Evaluation Capacity Network from the University of Alberta to offer your organization the opportunity to build your capacity to conduct and use meaningful evaluations. Access our Pre-Eval Webinar Series here.
Pre-Eval Webinar Series
If you want to learn more about evaluation, are not sure where to start, or feel overwhelmed by the idea of evaluation, our Pre-Eval Webinar Series is made just for you!
You will learn about the processes behind evaluation and get practical application examples to help you put what you learned into practice. Guest speakers will talk to you about their experiences with building their evaluation capacity and conducting evaluations.
Topics will cover what program evaluation is, when to plan for it, how to build an organizational culture of evaluation, how to get started on your evaluation, evaluate your program within your means, how to gather data that is meaningful to you, ethical issues in evaluation and working with vulnerable populations, and analyzing and mobilizing your data.
Ethical Considerations: Ethics in Evaluation & Working with Youth & Vulnerable Families
When: April 11, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
This webinar will involve a discussion of how to conduct ethical evaluations within your field, particularly in work with youth and vulnerable families. Discussions of power, confidentiality, consent, and trust will help you in planning an ethical evaluation.
Analyze & Mobilize: Using What You’ve Learned from Your Evaluation
When: May 9, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
In our final webinar, we will be discussing how to analyze your data, come to final conclusions, and use the results to affect change. We will talk about mobilizing your knowledge and engaging your audiences. This will serve as a nice wrap up to consolidate everything you have learned so far and prepare you for doing evaluations that are useful and meaningful.
E-Eval is a collaborative, flexible, and hands-on learning opportunity offered by the Evaluation Capacity Network and the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. E-Eval focuses on building the evaluation capacity of mentoring organizations. Over the course of approximately 6 months, mentoring organizations plan and conduct meaningful and useful evaluations of their programs. To support their ability to complete these evaluations, organizations join synchronous group learning sessions and have access to individual coaching sessions, a website with resources, and group coaching on more specific topics. The structure, content, and time commitment of the course is flexible based on organizational needs, but previous offerings have involved approximately 27 hours of group training. Networking and co-learning between organizations is also emphasized to provide valuable and contextual knowledge and resources specific to the mentoring sector. Learners will receive a certificate of completion.
E-Eval has been offered three times, running from November to April. To stay informed about future opportunities to join E-Eval and other similar initiatives, please sign up for the MentoringMinute newsletter.
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