Training Series: Program Evaluation for Community Programs in the Northwest Territories
Managers need good information to improve projects and programs. Government agencies and donor groups are requesting evidence of program impacts that goes beyond anecdotal stories of success. How can qualitative evaluations be supported with more rigorous quantitative evidence? Even when no monitoring or baseline data exists? EPI developed a two day training for on-the-land program managers and communities to address these challenges. It included a foundational understanding of what monitoring and evaluation is and how it is used in different contexts (strategic planning, adaptive management, program modification, etc.). It explored how to conduct different types of evaluations from data-rich, factual/evidence based evaluations to contexts where hard data is difficult to access and robust, participatory value-focused evaluations are required. Interactive and supported with templates and handouts, the case-based, learning-by-doing approach will work with participants as they conduct their own evaluation sketches during the training.