Bridging the Gap: Examining a Model for Evaluator Training Andrew Lejeune1 Heidi Chorzempa1 Cheryl Poth21 – Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Canadian Evaluation Society2 – University of Alberta May 1 – 4, 2011 Edmonton, AB
Educator• Value of course-based training – Develops a theoretical foundation• How can coursework develop competencies? – Technical Practice (e.g., methods focused instruction)• What’s missing from this type of training? – Many competencies rely on field work to develop fully – Exposure to real world evaluation contexts
Practitioner• How can practice-based training develop competencies? – Addresses gaps in formal training (i.e., situational and interpersonal practice domains)• Benefits to the employer, and profession – Cost savings (i.e., recruitment efficiencies) and access to fresh perspectives – Contributes to the development of highly skilled people in evaluation• How we did it – Relationship building – Supportive leadership and infrastructure – Engaged and motivated recruits
What the interns can do• Examples of the type of project work carried out by the AIHS interns: – Framework verification projects – Bibliometric analysis – Survey design and development – Qualitative analysis & historical reviews
Novice Evaluator• Why choose internships? – Driven by practical need• The complimentary nature of formal and on the job training – Applying theory to practice and practice to theory• How many people have had similar training experiences?
Conditions for SuccessBased on experience, these are our conditions forsuccess: Educator Novice Evaluator Practitioner • available course • learning orientation • mentorship work • desire for a career in orientation & • critical student mass an emerging field commitment • interpersonal and • time and resources relationship building to invest in the intern skills • leadership support
Next Steps• Formalizing the AIHS internship program – Evaluating the current program (Stay tuned for an update)• Leveraging network contacts to build on progress to date – Fostering and maintaining relationships – Developing a critical mass of qualified evaluators – Tailored programs to develop the competencies
Questions for Consideration• From your perspective: – What are the potential benefits and challenges of an internship program? – What are other conditions are needed for successful internships?• Questions for us? – Andrew Lejeune: firstname.lastname@example.org – Heidi Chorzempa: email@example.com – Cheryl Poth: firstname.lastname@example.org