Bridging the Gap: Examining a Model for Evaluator Training

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Bridging the Gap: Examining a Model for Evaluator Training

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Setting the Stage
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. Our model
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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: andrew.lejeune@albertainnovates.ca – Heidi Chorzempa: heidi.chorzempa@albertainnovates.ca – Cheryl Poth: cpoth@ualberta.ca
  11. 11. Thank You

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