What is the Evaluation Capacity Network? 

We are a network of community partners, practitioners, researchers, and funders who serve the early childhood community through community-driven, culturally responsive, action oriented and equity-based evaluation capacity building opportunities, activities, and resources.


Honouring Reconciliation in Evaluation Webinar: Recording Available

In May 2024, the ECN hosted a Lunch & Learn session with keynote speaker Andrea L.K. Johnston, an expert in Indigenous evaluation and founder of Johnston Research.

Watch the webinar
ECN PhD student receives AbSPORU scholarship

Jessica Haight is among the latest recipients of the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) Graduate Studentship for a project to explore a model of integrated patient-centered care for addressing refugee mental health.

Learn more
Mapping Evaluation Use:
A Scoping Review of Extant
Literature (2005–2022)

ECN partners have contributed to a new scoping review looking into factors that enable or constrain evaluation use. The review was published in the America Journal of Evaluation.

Access the review
Registration open for UEval 2024

This one-week online intensive course is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students, and community learners to collaborate on evaluation frameworks. Community organizations are invited to submit a case study.

Learn more and register
Culturally Responsive & Decolonizing Evaluation

The ECN is hosting a free discussion-based session with Larry Bremner and Melissa Tremblay on Jan. 31 to collectively explore equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) in evaluation, including the role of decolonizing and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Learn more and get tickets
Kirsty Choquette wins Mitacs award

Kirsty Choquette, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, received a prestigious Mitacs award for her work with ECN and the Community-University Partnership (CUP).

Her dissertation focuses on understanding Indigenous approaches to child rearing in a particular First Nation in Alberta.

Learn more about Kirsty
The Evaluation Capacity Case Challenge (EC3)

EC3 is returning for another year, giving teams a chance to strengthen their skills by developing an evaluation plan for a real-world organization. Students from Canada or the United States can now apply to participate, and organizations can apply to be the case study. The challenge will take place on May 24 and 25, 2024.

Learn more and apply
How Do We Begin to Decolonize Evaluation Practice?

The Evaluation Capacity Network hosted a 2-part Lunch & Learn this summer, featuring Métis evaluators Larry Bremner and Melissa Tremblay.

Did you miss these events? Watch the recordings here:

Learning Through Stories Part 1Learning Through Stories Part 2
Community-Driven Evaluation & Capacity Building
(this section is to provide context around who we support) - header here


and emerging scholars who provide evaluation capacity in community


and consultants who support evaluations and mentor future evaluators


organizations that deliver programming


that influence or require program evaluation


agencies that impact program funding, policy development, and service delivery

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

There are no scheduled events at this time. Please check back this winter!

Community-University Partnership Annual Celebration Event.
Join us at Edmonton City Hall for lunch and keynote talk withDr. David Phipps ("Oh the Places We Could Go: Learning about community-campus collaborations from Dr. Seuss and Machiavelli").
Click here to learn more, or register for this free event!

Making Lightning Strike.
A panel discussion with Dr. David Phipps, André McDonald, Omar Yaqub, and Funke Olokude. Join us as we learn about what systems shifts are needed to best support community-engaged research and innovation.
Click here to learn more, or register for this free event!

Inclusive & Innovative Models for Refugee Health Equity.
An e-learning event in the "Moving The Dial" series offered by Community-Based Research Canada, highlighting community-based research making positive social change. Click here to learn more, or register for this free event!