Evaluation Capacity Building in the Early Childhood Development Field: Tools and Relationships

Session Number: OLECB4
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Session Chair: Christina Russell [Managing Director - Policy Studies Associates]
Presenter 1: Melissa Tremblay [Doctoral Student - University of Alberta]
Presenter 2: Btissam El Hassar [PhD Student - University of Alberta]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Rebecca Gokiert [Associate Professor - Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Bethan Kingsley [Postdoctoral Fellow - Evaluation Capacity Network Community-University Partnership (CUP), University o]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: Melissa Tremblay [Doctoral Student - University of Alberta]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Btissam El Hassar [PhD Student - University of Alberta]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Cheryl Poth [Associate Professor - University of Alberta]
Presentation 2 Additional Author: Rebecca Gokiert [Associate Professor - Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta]
Time: Oct 28, 2016 (11:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Room: L402

Abstract 1 Title: Community-University partnerships for enhancing evaluation capacity in the early childhood development field
Presentation Abstract 1:

The Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN) was formed as a direct response to early childhood development stakeholders’ requests for enhanced evaluation resources, access to expertise, and a better understanding between funder and agency perspectives,. During this presentation, we will share the processes involved in developing a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral partnership, including the governance structure that has guided our work. We will also share our experiences with multiple community engagement strategies to create an evaluation capacity building framework for the early childhood field in Alberta, Canada. These strategies include hosting evaluation dialogues across the province, developing online communication tools, and gathering data through an evaluation capacity building instrument. We invite participants to learn about our process of community-university engagement, critique the framework, and provide recommendations as we move forward. 

 


Presentation 1 Other Authors: Btissam El Hassar, University of Alberta, elhassar@ualberta.ca
Abstract 2 Title: What can the integrated findings from a multi-method design process for an evaluation capacity building instrument tell us about the current status within the early childhood sector and organizational learning needs?
Presentation Abstract 2:

The purpose of this presentation is to describe a multi-method design approach to the development and validation of an instrument in response to the pressing evaluation capacity demands within the Canadian context. The specific focus of this instrument, for assessing and measuring evaluation capacity building (ECB) within the early childhood development context, provides the information necessary for informing the current status and learning needs. Organizations in Canada are increasingly tasked with conducting and using evaluations to meet diverse needs of their stakeholders; however, they often lack the capacity to do so. In order to address this challenge, there is a need for a valid and reliable instrument because few studies have empirically investigated ECB from a sound theoretical foundation (e.g., Labin, 2014; Suarez-Balcazar & Taylor-Ritzler, 2013). This presentation, reporting the process and integrated findings from the multi-method design, has important implications for ECB theory and evaluation practice, and organizational learning.


Presentation 2 Other Authors: Bethan Kingsley, Evaluation Capacity Network Community-University Partnership (CUP), University o, bkingsle@ualberta.ca
Audience Level: None

Session Abstract:  Evaluation Capacity Building in the Early Childhood Development Field: Tools and Relationships