Transformative Evaluation Landscape

In this course you will deepen your understanding of how to use evaluation as a strategy for transformation and learning in order to contribute to the most relevant and effective programming for yourself, your clients or your organization. You’ll learn the important role of critical reflexivity in evaluation, and situate yourself within your work’s broader professional, political and societal landscapes. You’ll also explore how reflective practice and critical thinking create the space for transformation and learning through evaluation.

To enhance your understanding of how evaluation can reflect and contribute to the reconciliation movement, this course will also examine social justice, equity and healing issues between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Kim van der Woerd
Sofia Vitalis
$970.00 24 -

Course schedule: 
• Online access opens one week before first date listed for pre-readings and assignments.
• Virtual classes run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time (except for the final class, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.).
• Final assignment due one week after last date listed.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Locate yourself within broader contexts and systems
  • Reflect on Indigenous ways of knowing and your own worldviews
  • Examine power and privilege and how these concepts relate to evaluation
  • Distinguish between dominant and transformative evaluation landscapes
  • Examine your own values and ethics and locate your ethical framework within broader landscapes (e.g., social justice and equity)
  • Engage in reflective practice, and apply these concepts to evaluation practice
  • Critique and challenge concepts in evaluation
  • Identify significant directions for the evaluation field
  • Apply key concepts to empowering evaluation practice
  • Explain how evaluation can be used to support transformation and learning
  • Apply a reconciliation lens to evaluation through a deeper understanding of reconciliation in Canada

How will I learn?

  • Advance readings
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Case studies
  • Mini-lectures
  • Group discussion

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of transformative evaluation and learning. 

How will coursework be assessed?

Your coursework will be assessed based on your class participation, in-class assignments and a post-class reflection assignment. 

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page.