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2020 Skills Symposium: Evaluating Public Participation

  • 06 May 2020
  • (UTC-06:00)
  • 07 May 2020
  • (UTC-06:00)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina - 1975 Broad St, Regina, SK S4P 1Y2, Canada
  • 18


  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.

Evaluation should always be useful, and this introductory course will cover theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. In this hands-on course, you will apply foundational tools like logic models, examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of an evaluation plan. You will craft evaluation questions, and identify indicators and sources of information to help you answer those questions. Above all, you will learn how to employ evaluative thinking as a learning strategy, in order to strengthen your work and achieve greater impact.

Recommended Experience Level:  Open to all levels 

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

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At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Describe the principle of utilization-focused evaluation and its importance
  • Determine the most appropriate type(s) of evaluation for a P2 project
  • Populate a logic model and use it to structure an evaluation plan
  • Specify indicators and sources of data to help measure P2 objectives
  • Craft evaluation questions
  • Apply best practices in survey question writing
  • Determine appropriate uses of participatory evaluation
  • Identify the challenges to evaluation

Trainer(s): Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A.

Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A.Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a civic engagement specialist. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 15-years on large and complex engagement projects across North America. Susanna designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between decision-makers and those most impacted by the issue. Susanna is a judge for IAP2 Canada’s annual Core Values Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in public participation. susannahaaslyons.com

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