Part-timeEvaluation for Social Change and Transformational Learning Certificate

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Evaluation is undergoing (and driving) a transformation: from definitive answers to complexity-based understandings, and from formulaic approaches to managing tensions in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. Today, effective evaluators and evaluative thinkers are increasingly embracing their roles as change-makers and innovators. To achieve this momentous shift in your own program evaluation work requires more than learning new tools and processes—it means expanding your ways of seeing and acting in order to navigate complex situations and generate transformative outcomes. 

Bring your evaluation practice to the next level

Our new evaluation certificate positions evaluation as a powerful and transformative learning tool. You’ll build the key skills and core competencies needed to design and implement meaningful, culturally relevant evaluation processes in a world where change is the only constant. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from both a cohort of fellow professionals and your instructors—all of whom are leading practitioners—while a capstone project will allow you to apply what you’ve learned to your own evaluation practice.

Created for working professionals, our part-time program combines face-to-face learning with flexible online studies. You’ll start by meeting your cohort for an intensive four-day course. The remainder of the program consists of four online courses, with the capstone/integration course woven throughout. 

Who is this program for?

We’ve designed our certificate for professional evaluators, grant-makers, internal evaluators, program managers, and leaders interested in evaluative thinking. If you’re working in sectors such as health, education, land use and planning, government or non-profit contexts, our program will help you:

  • Design and implement an evaluation that follows the principles of transformative evaluation and learning
  • Tackle tough social, economic and environmental issues using complexity-based and systemic thinking
  • Incorporate Indigenous approaches and a reconciliation lens into your evaluative work
  • Think critically about data and data interpretation
  • Think about innovative and strengths-based ways to present “bad news” findings as learning opportunities
  • Communicate findings in effective and creative ways, including visual representations, social media platforms and storytelling/narrative
  • Be inspired and committed to engage in evaluation as a change agent