Program Evaluation as Contested: Can We Navigate Tensions for Transformative Practice?
In this presentation, our speakers will explore how varying organizational contexts can invite or constrain possibilities for evaluation work – particularly in relation to how evaluation can contribute to system transformation and social justice. They will share recent research on the tensions that evaluators in the academic health sciences routinely encounter as they conduct evaluation while navigating accreditation and other institutional demands.
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Program evaluation is routinely recommended as a practice that is essential to enhancing the quality of educational offerings. However, there is limited reflection on how evaluation is positioned within our system nor on the contested (prone-to-conflict) nature of evaluation work. In this presentation, our speakers will explore how varying organizational contexts can invite or constrain possibilities for evaluation work – particularly in relation to how evaluation can contribute to system transformation and social justice. They will share recent research on the tensions that evaluators in the academic health sciences routinely encounter as they conduct evaluation while navigating accreditation and other institutional demands. The talk also raises provocative questions about the accountabilities of evaluation in the academic health sciences, while remaining grounded in the day-to-day realities of practicing evaluation in healthcare and health professions education.
Ultimately, our speakers provide unique theoretical perspectives on contemporary program evaluation and share practical insights on transformative practices
Moderator: Deena Hamza
Dr. Betty Onyura is the Associate Director Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization at the Centre for Faculty Development, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She identifies strongly as a scientist practitioner, who collaborates on diverse evaluation projects while leading a SSHRC-funded program of research focused on program evaluation as a social and scientific enterprise. Her research includes ongoing projects on evaluation ethics, evaluation and harm, and evaluation tensions, as well as work to advance evaluation methods and frameworks. Betty is a committed Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society and sits on the Board of Directors of the Society’s regional (Ontario) chapter.
Yasser Ismail is a Credentialed Evaluator (C.E.) whose work spans the continuum of evaluation, evaluation-driven policy and program design, and, evaluation-driven learning and development. Currently completing his Doctorate of Education (EdD) at the University of Western Ontario, Yasser’s current praxis inquiry is on the use of evaluation-driven approaches for building health professional capacity for critically-reflexive, culturally safe and structurally competent clinical engagement. In his role as the inaugural Manager of Program Evaluation & Knowledge Translation and a member of the strategic leadership team at Casey House, Yasser is particularly passionate about situating evaluation as transformative change practice to influence socially-just clinical practice at the point-of-care and to influence structural change for the hospital at large.
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Program Evaluation as Contested: Can we Navigate Tensions for Transformative Practice?
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