Evaluate ECD Programs

Check out this 5-part learning series that will help you to plan and implement a community-based evaluation in your own organization!

These tools are part of the EvalHub of the Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN) that emphasize an approach to evaluation that is community-driven, participatory and action-oriented.


The series of five slide decks along with a complimentary evaluation workbook are intended to equip individuals and organizations in the early childhood field who want to learn about how to take a community-based approach to their evaluations. Learning objectives include: 

  • WHAT |  Understand the basics of community-based evaluation

  • WHY | Understand why community-based evaluation is important for early childhood development programs

  • HOW | Understand the basic steps for conducting your own community-based evaluations

How To Use

This is a self-study tool that you can review at your own pace. Begin with the slides and practice on the evaluation workbook when prompted. The slides will provide corresponding exercise pages on the workbook.


Evaluation Capacity-Building Exercises

Part 1

Introduction to Community-Based Evaluation

An introduction to community-based evaluation, why we evaluate, and building evaluation capacity.

Click to begin Module 1

Part 2

Laying the Foundation

Get ready to evaluate by identifying stakeholders, recognizing assumptions, exploring theories of change, and articulating the evaluation purpose.

Click to begin Module 2

Part 3

Evaluation Planning

Plan your inquiry by forming evaluation questions, selecting data collection strategies, and developing an analysis plan.

Click to begin Module 3

Part 4

Information Gathering
and Analysis

Explore important considerations for collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information in an ethical and credible fashion.

Click to begin Module 4

Part 5

Acting on Findings

Identify strategies to share learnings and inspire action, based on information collected through your inquiry.

Click to begin Module 5

These tools were developed by the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) in collaboration with the Evaluation Capacity Network. The Ontario Network of Community Action Program for Children/Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CAPC/CPNP) Projects was an external reference group to ensure the tools are relevant and meaningful to those working in the early childhood field. The slides and evaluation workbook were originally designed as part of a national project “Evaluating Refugee Programs”, led by CCBR and ECN. For more information about this project: eval4refugee.ca

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City of Edmonton
School of Public Health
Community Service-Learning, Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Extension
Edmonton Community Foundation
Human Ecology, Faculty of ALES
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education
Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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