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.


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
Postdoctoral Fellow in Evaluation

The Evaluation Capacity Network is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow with a strong background in evaluation. The individual will play an important role within the ECN by conducting research and evaluations, strengthening community partnerships, and mentoring diverse students.  

The deadline to apply for this position is January 30, 2024, or until a suitable candidate is found.

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Call for Evaluation Case Studies

University of Alberta graduate students taking program evaluation courses in the Winter 2024 semester are looking for community partners who would like help creating an evaluation framework. Students and community stakeholders will work together to develop a tailored evaluation framework for their initiative.

The deadline to submit a case study is December 15, 2023.

Submit a case study
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
Hot off the press!

Dr. Rebecca Gokiert and ECN affiliates contributed to a new scoping review this year.

Culturally Responsive Evaluation: A Scoping Review of the Evaluation Literature explores how evaluators understand culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) and identify promising practices. This scoping review found that evaluators doing CRE prioritize community involvement and are aware and attentive to power differentials, but gaps exist in how culture and evaluation are defined and interpreted, which can lead to inconsistent practices in CRE.
Read the article
Hot off the press!

Check out the latest research from ECN members

Read our Open Access article in the American Journal of Evaluation:

"Laying a Solid Foundation for the Next Generation of Evaluation Capacity Building: Findings from an Integrative Review" (Bourgeois et al., 2022)
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Community-Driven Evaluation & Capacity Building
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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!