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Evaluating through a Community of Practice: How 8 Evaluators are Improving Practice

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Evaluating through a Community of Practice: How 8 Evaluators are Improving Practice

  1. 1. Learning through a Community of Practice:How Eight Evaluators are ImprovingEvaluation Practiceat Toronto Public Healthat Toronto Public Health2013 Canadian Evaluation Society ConferenceCaroline Murphy, Margaret Gassanov, Laura OxenhamJune 11, 2013
  2. 2. ObjectivesThe presentation will:•Introduce the concept of communities ofpractice•Share insights•Share insights•Suggest tips for others
  3. 3. What is a Community of Practice (CoP)?
  4. 4. Typical CoP FunctionsAdapted fromhttp://www.ewenger.com/theory/
  5. 5. Typical CoP FunctionsAdapted fromhttp://www.ewenger.com/theory/
  6. 6. Typical CoP FunctionsAdapted fromhttp://www.ewenger.com/theory/
  7. 7. CoPE at TPH
  8. 8. Evaluation ApproachEvaluation Questions: How are we doing?How well are we meeting the needs ofmembers? What should we do differently?Developmental Approach:•Focus group•Member checking•Group decision-making
  9. 9. Benefits- Individual• Like-minded and committedcolleagues• Sharing of resources• Learning opportunities
  10. 10. Benefits- Organizational• Build awareness of and contribute toexisting resources• Strengthen rigor and quality ofevaluation• Presents potential to improveorganizational effectiveness
  11. 11. Barriers - Individual
  12. 12. Barriers - Organizational
  13. 13. Energizing Evaluation Practice
  14. 14. Suggestions for Others
  15. 15. Thank You

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