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Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes, Tamarack

May 16-18, 2011
Kitchener, Ontario

Delta Kitchener-Waterloo

"Moving the needle" on community-wide issues requires cross-sector coordination and an engaged community. There are countless numbers of community change initiatives working on diverse issues such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration, workforce development, and environmental sustainability.

This workshop is a three-day, interactive learning event designed to increase the capacity of leaders involved in community change efforts to better understand and evaluate the outcomes of these efforts. It is geared towards people involved in community change initiatives with an interest and some basic experience with evaluation.

Some of the key themes addressed during the workshop will enable participants to understand the unique approach to evaluating large scale community change initiatives.  These themes include:

  • Models and dynamics of community change
  • The core concepts of evaluative thinking, utilization focused evaluation, and developmental evaluation
  • The critical differences between traditional program evaluation and the evaluation of community change efforts
  • The reasons to evaluate community change efforts, the challenges and tools for capturing and understanding community change

To learn more about this event and how you can become a member of our learning community visit us online at the