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Demystifying Evaluation

January 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


If mention of the words ‘evaluation’ or ‘data’ makes you dissolve into a puddle of tears, this is the workshop for you! This one-day workshop will introduce you to the key concepts of evaluation, and demystify the process. Participants will learn the difference between outputs, outcomes, and indicators, and how these form the essential building blocks of any evaluation. You will also learn how to draft a Theory of Change statement and the elements of a basic logic model. While these are essential to evaluation, they are also critical tools for program planning. We will take a look at the different kinds of data and why data is an important part of evaluative work. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to plan for evaluations, and what is needed to undertake them. This workshop is recommended for staff who are new to evaluation, new managers, and staff who will be engaged in program planning and proposal writing. Finally, the workshop is presented through a lens of using evaluation to explore strengths, with a view to continuous program improvement.

Participants will leave the workshop with:

  • A clear understanding of what program evaluation is and isn’t;
  • A clear understanding of the difference between outputs, outcomes, and indicators, and what role each play in evaluation;
  • An understanding of how to write a Theory of Change statement and how this is essential to program evaluation and planning;
  • The broad strokes of what is needed to develop a logic model, and the benefits of doing this collectively with staff as part of program planning (hint: before you start evaluating!);
  • A basic introduction to data, and what role it plays in evaluation; and,
  • A sense of calm and confidence when the words ‘evaluation’ or ‘data’ are mentioned!


Passionate about issues of access and voice, Denise Belanger (CE) has been working in evaluation for 20 years, all of these at Proactive Information Services. She has undertaken evaluative work in the areas of social services, public health, education, justice, and poverty reduction for clients that include federal, provincial and territorial governments, local jurisdictions, schools and districts, post-secondary institutions, foundations, community organizations, and other NGOs across Canada, as well as internationally. Over the years, she has worked in Canada with people in newcomer communities, with rural, urban and Northern communities, and with Indigenous communities. In addition to being a Credentialed Evaluator, Denise has conducted many workshops on evaluation, presented at numerous national and international evaluation conferences, and was the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Contribution to Evaluation in Canada Award for her work in including the voices of young children and other traditionally disenfranchised and vulnerable populations.


MANSO is offering this training to our members on a cost-recovery basis of $115/person, including materials and lunch.  The registration deadline for this workshop is December 21st, 2018.  Please contact Immaculate at i.nabisere@mansomanitoba.ca to register.

Accessibility Accommodations are available by advance request.  


January 29
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Sport Manitoba
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6 Canada
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