Improving Your Evaluation Skills


If you talk to people about evaluation, it’s not unusual to hear some frustration with the process. Evaluation can prompt responses that run from love to hate: people appreciate the information evaluations can provide, or they don’t see the benefits of them at all. As we started to envision our upcoming 3-part professional development series, we asked some of our member and stakeholders across the province how they feel about evaluation to give us some insight.

Some of the PAN staff took to video to share the responses we gathered (and had some acting fun in the process). These quotes are gathered from stakeholders and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of PAN.

It was acknowledged that evaluation can be a mysterious process:





And folks did weigh in on the ups and downs:



In order to help you improve your confidence and competence with evaluation, join us for this learning series taking place online January 25, February 1, and 8 from 930- 11 AM.


Each session will focus on a different aspect of evaluation*:

  • Evaluation: What is the difference between reporting and learning? (January 25; presenters: Joanna Paterson and Lanny Kipling)
  • Building a culture of learning through evaluation to create a learning-based organization (February 1; presenters: Jaydee Cossar and Paul Kerber)
  • Methods and tools for engaging in accessible learning-based evaluation (February 8; presenters: Allison Enjetti and Kylie Hutchinson)


* Presenter list may change slightly.


Update: Registration for this series is now full. If you wish to be added to the wait list, please register and we will let you know if a space becomes available.

This education opportunity is designed in three parts, so we ask that registrants commit to all three sessions. This series is limited to 12 participants. We are excited about this new series and look forward to sharing this learning with you!






Questions? Feedback? Get in touch! WEB-Janice-Duddy
Janice Duddy, Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research [email protected]