2019 SKILLS SYMPOSIUM: Evaluating & Measuring P2

  • February 28, 2019
  • (PST)
  • March 01, 2019
  • (PST)
  • Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758
  • 11


  • For members of AICP registering on or before December 14, 2018.

Evaluation should always be useful, and this introductory course will cover theories and practical strategies to help you evaluate your public participation efforts. In this hands-on course, you will apply foundational tools like logic models, examine the differences between process and impact evaluation, and review the components of an evaluation plan. You will craft evaluation questions, and identify indicators and sources of information to help you answer those questions. Overall, you will learn how to employ evaluative thinking as a learning strategy, in order to strengthen your work and achieve greater impact.

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2.org to obtain it.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this two-day course, participants will:

  • Describe the principle of utilization-focused evaluation and its importance
  • Determine the most appropriate type(s) of evaluation for a P2 project
  • Populate a logic model and use it to structure an evaluation plan
  • Specify indicators and sources of data to help measure an objective of P2
  • Craft evaluation questions
  • Apply best practices in survey question writing
  • Determine appropriate uses of participatory evaluation
  • Identify the challenges to evaluation

Course Overview

Day 1
8:35 Welcome
  • Course overview & introductions
  • Benefits and barriers to evaluation
  • Types of evaluation
10:00 Break
10:15 Introduction to Logic Models
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Brainstorm evaluation issues
  • Designing an evaluation plan
2:45 Evaluation planning, continued
  • Wrap up
4:00 Adjourn

Day 2
8:35 Welcome back
  • Evaluation issues: context, process and impact
  • Evaluation Framework: questions, indicators and data sources
10:30 Break
10:45 Evaluation framework, continued
  • Realistic evaluation plans
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Data collection methods including creative tools
2:45 Analyzing and presenting evaluation data
  • Application to your own work
  • Wrap Up
4:00 Adjourn

Trainer: Susanna Haas Lyons

Susanna Haas LyonsSusanna Haas Lyons, M.A., is a civic engagement specialist. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 15-years on large and complex engagement projects across North America. Susanna designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between decision-makers and those most impacted by the issue. Susanna is a judge for IAP2 Canada’s annual Core Values Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in public participation.susannahaaslyons.com.

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