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Program Evaluation Course at Dalhousie University

Program Evaluation

Course Length: 4 Days    Fee: $1250

In partnership with Dalhousie University, this course will provide participants with an understanding of the role of evaluation in program and public sector management and the ability to construct and undertake an evaluation. Participants will leave with an evaluation framework ready to be implemented. In previous courses, the frameworks produced by participants have been used internally by government departments or as the basis of RFPs for external evaluation. This knowledge will enable participants to engage in internal evaluation or provide oversight for external evaluation contracts. The course involves reading and group work outside of the classroom sessions.

CONTENT

  • Learn the foundational aspects of an evaluation: Program Description, Program Theory, Logic Models, Theory of Change and Performance Measures
  • Instruction and discussion on all components of an evaluation framework – the evaluation question, various approaches that can be taken, data sources, design for data collection, data collection methods, analysis, the legislative context, scheduling, budgeting, and a communication plan (possibly an implementation plan)
  • Presentation of each framework by participants to all participants – this provides an assessment of frameworks as well as building the dialogue on evaluation

PRE-REQUISITE

Identification of a project in need of evaluation.

DATES

Feb 12, Feb 26, 27, Mar 8

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Those in program management, including working with third party providers, who have to report on program outcomes; those working on federal-provincial initiatives and have reporting responsibilities; those who want a method to improve their reporting and accountability to government authorities.

TO REGISTER OR LEARN MORE

https://sharepoint.novascotia.ca/myhr/Pages/ myLearnDevelop_register.aspx

Questions:

Kaireen Chaytor

[email protected], or 902-455-7496

Or

Dalhousie contact: [email protected] and 494-6328

Rescheduled – An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Lunch and Learn Webinar:

An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Atlantic

Nova Scotia’s Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Program (EHV) was launched in 2002 as an enhancement to public health’s perinatal programs and services. The long-term results are anticipated to deliver improved physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of Nova Scotia children.

Two qualitative program evaluations (2009 & 2012) found that families in the program achieved positive outcomes. In 2011, there was an interest within the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness to measure the value and impact of the EHV Program. It was determined that an economic analysis would be appropriate to establish the program’s value and measure the potential impact the program has in the province. Given the province’s financial pressures, the positive qualitative reviews of the EHV and the Public Health Healthy Development Standards and Protocols, an evidence-based case for support of the EHV in Nova Scotia was timely.

Through an economic evaluation, the EHV’s value and impact can be quantified. The economic evaluation will help to create an evidence-based case for support of the EHV. The findings will help inform recommendations based on the Benefit-Cost Analysis and the estimated extent to which this program is anticipated to reduce health inequities and improve childhood outcomes in Nova Scotia.

The model indicates this investment conveys significant positive long-term outcomes:

  • Delivers a total of $16 million in benefits while costing $6.3 million to provide the program
  • Resulting in a benefit cost ratio of 6 dollar return for each 1.0 dollar invested (2.6:1)

Register for the webinar below:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ea65dff462e70294cde7dc3c8da9331e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the presenter: 

Holly is a Senior Economist in the Health Economics unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness. She has been working in the Department for six years and has been responsible for the economic analysis, evaluation and forecasting on a range of key initiatives from public health to workforce planning to pharmacare. Holly holds a BA in Economics from Dalhousie University and a MSc in International Strategy & Economics from the University of St. Andrews.

Call for Papers: CES National Conference 2018

WE ARE ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS.

The 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society conference will focus on Co-creation through themes of Integration, Transformation and Practice. We will explore the latest methods and approaches that evaluators are applying in a wide range of contexts and consider the ways in which evaluators are incorporating co-creation in their practices.

The conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta from May 27 to May 29, 2018.
Pre-conference workshops will occur on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, 15 December 2017 before 11:59 pm MST. No Extensions.
http://c2018.evaluationcanada.ca/proposal-submission/

For more information, contact us [email protected].
Follow us on Twitter @CES_SCE_c2018

Lunch and Learn Webinar – An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Lunch and Learn Webinar:

An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Atlantic

Nova Scotia’s Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Program (EHV) was launched in 2002 as an enhancement to public health’s perinatal programs and services. The long-term results are anticipated to deliver improved physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of Nova Scotia children.

Two qualitative program evaluations (2009 & 2012) found that families in the program achieved positive outcomes. In 2011, there was an interest within the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness to measure the value and impact of the EHV Program. It was determined that an economic analysis would be appropriate to establish the program’s value and measure the potential impact the program has in the province. Given the province’s financial pressures, the positive qualitative reviews of the EHV and the Public Health Healthy Development Standards and Protocols, an evidence-based case for support of the EHV in Nova Scotia was timely.

Through an economic evaluation, the EHV’s value and impact can be quantified. The economic evaluation will help to create an evidence-based case for support of the EHV. The findings will help inform recommendations based on the Benefit-Cost Analysis and the estimated extent to which this program is anticipated to reduce health inequities and improve childhood outcomes in Nova Scotia.

The model indicates this investment conveys significant positive long-term outcomes:

  • Delivers a total of $16 million in benefits while costing $6.3 million to provide the program
  • Resulting in a benefit cost ratio of 6 dollar return for each 1.0 dollar invested (2.6:1)

Register for the webinar below:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ea65dff462e70294cde7dc3c8da9331e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the presenter: 

Holly is a Senior Economist in the Health Economics unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness. She has been working in the Department for six years and has been responsible for the economic analysis, evaluation and forecasting on a range of key initiatives from public health to workforce planning to pharmacare. Holly holds a BA in Economics from Dalhousie University and a MSc in International Strategy & Economics from the University of St. Andrews.