Ask me Anything! Program Evaluation with Dr. John Ecker, the Director of Evaluation at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Want to learn more about program evaluation? Have questions regarding how program evaluations work within an agency? Join Dr. John Ecker, the new director of evaluation at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, for our Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Dec 8th, 2016 at 1PM (ET).
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness has launched a new suite of services to help communities and organizations in the homelessness sector conduct effective program evaluations. Program evaluation is the systematic assessment of the design, implementation or results of an initiative for the purposes of learning or decision-making. It helps services understand how their programs operate, what elements work well and those that could be improved and the impacts on clients. Program evaluation has become an essential part to the success of any program and is one of the pillars of innovation.
During this AMA, you are invited to ask Dr. John Ecker any questions you have about program evaluation.
We encourage you to post your questions in advance of the AMA. Alternatively, you can join the discussion, live at 1PM (ET) on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.
About the expert:
John Ecker is a recent graduate from the PhD program in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa where he worked under the supervision of Dr. Tim Aubry. During his time in graduate school, he was introduced to the field of program evaluation and quickly became immersed in it. John served as a Research Assistant on projects that spanned across local, provincial, and national jurisdictions, most notably the At Home/Chez Soi project. Throughout these projects, he was involved in the various stages of the evaluation process – stakeholder engagement, logic model development, data collection, data analysis, report writing, and dissemination – which strengthened his understanding of what a thorough and meaningful evaluation entails. At the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, John is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Observatory’s evaluation activities.
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