Friday, September 11, 11.00 – 12.15 EST
For anyone who may have missed the webinar here is a link to the online webinar recording.
This webinar will focus on how to effectively evaluate programs using examples from the breastfeeding community projects. The webinar will highlight a new fact sheet released by the Best Start Resource Centre in June. We will review the essential steps in developing an evaluation plan with some references to the role of program logic models as a useful tool to determine the short and long term outcomes that will be measured or evaluated. The webinar will emphasize the importance of planning ahead for the use of the evaluation information, for example, engaging the right people, being clear on the purpose of the evaluation, and planning for regular feedback loops.
- Understand the steps needed to plan and carry out effective program evaluations.
- Understand the role of a logic model when making an evaluation plan.
- Become familiar with the newly released fact sheet: Breastfeeding in Ontario: Evaluating Breastfeeding Programs and Initiatives
This webinar will be recorded and an archived version will be available for those who cannot attend.
Dr. Brian Rush is the former Head of the Health Systems and Health Equity Group at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and has been a professional evaluator with over 38 years of experience related to program and policy evaluation under the auspices of his consulting practice: VIRGO Planning and Evaluation Consultants. He continues his association with CAMH as a Scientist Emeritus and is also a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. He has a strong background and project experience in public health and health promotion, mental health and substance use, and community, system-level needs assessment.
Dr. Rush is known across Ontario, Canada and internationally as a provider of quality training on program evaluation methods, with a particular expertise in translating technical design and methodological issues to a level appropriate to health and health promotion professionals and community volunteers. He has developed and published many of the current features and applications of program logic models and their effectiveness as a tool for evaluation planning. He has taught program and policy evaluation at University of Toronto (Public Health Sciences) and developed evaluation training materials for the World Health Organization for application internationally. He has developed and led many evaluation training and capacity building workshops in various sectors in Ontario and other provinces and countries.
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