Our summer in pictures

Published on October 27, 2017 in Buzz, News

Hard to believe it’s almost November! The kids are back to school and leaves are falling quickly from the trees. We all enjoyed our summer here at Cathexis. Here’s a peek at what we were up to:   Toronto Kate spent time at the park with the new addition to her family.       […]

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You may be wondering, what exactly is a ‘cross sector complex care model’? It’s a model of care for young adults with medical complexities and development disabilities. It offers a highly individualized approach that integrates health and developmental services into one cohesive package. This new model has been implemented in York Region over the last […]

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Martha McGuire presents at Evaluation Cafe

Published on August 7, 2017 in Buzz

Last night, Cathexis’s founder, Martha McGuire, presented at the August Evaluation Café event in Toronto. These bimonthly networking and knowledge sharing events provide an opportunity to meet new people, share ideas, and build a sense of community among evaluators in the GTA. Martha’s presentation focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the shift that […]

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We’re thrilled to announce that the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has decided to publicly release the evaluation of its Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program that we carried out last year. The full report and executive summary are now available on the Ministry’s website, along with letters from the Deputy Minister and […]

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Get thee an evaluation strategy

Published on March 28, 2017 in Buzz

Recently, Cathexis has been working with some organizations that are taking a step back from individual evaluations and asking larger questions about the role of evaluation in their organization. They are asking, “How should our organization approach evaluation? How can we align evaluation to our organization’s values, goals, and priorities? Which of our programs should […]

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Pipeline analysis

Published on February 15, 2017 in Buzz

Cathexis was without plumbing for a few days when a mysterious blockage developed in the city pipes. City workers showed up and, like good evaluators, drilled down to understand where in the process flow (the theory of change, if you will) things were going wrong. This involved some heavy analytical equipment: The outcome? The city […]

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Cathexis turns 15

Published on December 13, 2016 in Buzz

Cathexis is pleased to announce its “sweet 15”. We’re grateful for having had the chance to work with so many great clients, on so many exciting projects, over the last decade and a half. Here’s to the next 15!

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Cathexis flies south

Published on November 1, 2016 in Buzz

Greetings from Atlanta, where two members of our team are attending Evaluation 2016 – the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference, bringing together thousands of professional evaluators from around the world. The theme this year is Evaluation and Design, which challenges us to think about how we design programs for impact, evaluations for success, and information […]

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Trees Please!

Published on September 26, 2016 in Buzz, News

Cathexis would like to send its congratulations to the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and Environment Hamilton for their successful application for a Developmental Evaluation coaching grant from Innoweave. Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and Environment Hamilton have partnered to implement Trees Please!, a Trillium-funded project that engages community volunteers to catalogue Hamilton’s forest cover, monitor its air quality, […]

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Originally produced to support the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Innovation Strategy Projects, A Guide to Policy-Influence Evaluation: Selected Resources and Case Studies could be useful for anyone planning and evaluating policy-influence work.   The guide summarizes and references recent  resources that can be used while planning an evaluation.  It also includes three case studies which […]

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Since we use all kinds of programs daily in our evaluation work, we thought we would share some of our favourite Excel tips & tricks that we find save us time! Peter Conditional formatting – great for catching duplicates, outliers, and errors. If you highlight a group of cells, at the bottom right of the […]

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CES Ontario will be holding their AGM this week with a special learning event (Thinking Visually: An Introduction to Data & Information Visualization)   We are excited to see what CES Ontario has been up to since the last AGM and to learn some new data visualization techniques.   Hope to see you all there! […]

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Q.     So… what happens when you put evaluators on the east coast?   A.     Trail side adventures, a kitchen party, and a puffin or two all make it into the visit… topped off with attendance at the CES 2016 Annual Conference! Rochelle had a great time presenting Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around […]

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With the CES 2016 Conference less than a week away, Cathexis Consulting would like to wish the 3 student case competition finalist teams good luck on their presentations next week. Check out the CES Conference website for details on seeing the competition in person.

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We’re counting down the days to the National Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) conference in St. John’s Newfoundland (June 5-8).  Great theme this year – Evaluation on the edge. Rochelle is presenting on the Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around the world project.  She will share stories of evaluations that have led to changes […]

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We’ve moved!

Published on May 5, 2016 in Buzz, Events, News

Cathexis has found a new home.  We are now located at 34 Park Road, Toronto, ON, M4W 2N4.  This location is just steps away from Yonge and Bloor.   We’re incredibly excited about our space. Thought we’d share a few photos:   Our new office:                     […]

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The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has launched a new and exciting podcast series showcasing good evaluations. The first episode features Chanel Grenaway of the Canadian Women’s Foundation in conversation with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky. We had the pleasure of working with the Foundation on this evaluation, and were truly impressed with their reflective, learning […]

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The Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) was established in 2007 as Canada’s contribution to the development of a safe, effective, and affordable HIV vaccine, accessible on a global scale. In 2011, the CHVI Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO) was formed as a neutral organization aimed at facilitating collaboration, igniting synergies across disciplines, sectors, […]

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We can’t help but like what we do here at Cathexis, and often times we have a large amount of resources at our fingertips, but tend to use some more than others. Here are our favourite resources right now:   Carina’s favourite resource: Slidedocs Why? Because it’s an easily digestible format, and it focuses on […]

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Season’s Greetings

Published on December 23, 2015 in Buzz, News

Wishing everyone a restful holiday season and all the best in the New Year!

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After much anticipation, the stories from the “Evaluations that Make a Difference” project are now up online! These eight stories focus on the impact that evaluation can have. The publication identifies “enabling factors” that contributed to the impact of the evaluations, highlighting a benefit for evaluators and evaluation users. Congratulations to all those who were […]

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See you at AEA 2015!

Published on November 3, 2015 in Buzz, Events, News, Workshops & Presentations

          Cathexis is very excited to announce Rochelle Zorzi, along with colleagues  Martha McGuire, and Burt Perrin will be presenting Exemplary Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from Around the World at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois November 12th, 2015. Their presentation focuses on examples from selected […]

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    As fall is ‘back to school’ time, we thought we’d share a quick list of five great evaluation-related learning opportunities we’re excited about this season:             American Evaluation Association (AEA) Coffee Breaks: Did you know the American Evaluation Association offers a series of quick 20 minute webinar presentations […]

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Wait… I thought summer had just started!

Published on August 27, 2015 in Buzz, News

All of us here at the office are boldly holding onto the last few weeks of summer, before those crisp fall mornings begin to wake us up! The past few months have flown by, but we’ve taken some time to enjoy things outside of 124 Merton St. Here are a few snap shots of our […]

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Cathexis report on the impact of the ARTIC program released The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) program was launched in 2010 to move research “from the bench to the bedside”. It aims to accelerate and support the implementation of research evidence into practice across hospitals in Ontario […]

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Led by Christine Frank & Associates, the Cathexis team has spent the last couple of years analyzing and evaluating what aspects of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) are most influential in helping teachers improve their skills and abilities in the classroom. NTIP provides support in orienting new teachers to their […]

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Cathexis @ CES Conference 2015

Published on April 24, 2015 in Buzz, Events, News

        With the 36th Canadian Evaluation Conference set to take place in Montreal, Québec this year, Cathexis is proud to be a sponsor and participant of this annual event.  The theme of the conference is “Evaluation for the world we want.” What a perfect theme given that 2015 has been proclaimed as the International […]

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          Interested in a career in program evaluation? The CES-ON Chapter has scheduled an event April 23rd, 2015 designed for those interested in a career in evaluation. Melissa will be sharing advice and insight into the world of program evaluation from the perspective of working with the private sector. What a […]

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Cathexis Receives the 2014 PRISM Award!

Published on March 13, 2015 in Buzz, Events, News

  On February 18, 2015 Cathexis Consulting was honoured to be awarded the 2014 PRISM Award for small business by the International Coach Federation (ICF). During the ICF-Toronto chapter’s annual conference, Rochelle and Melissa were on hand to accept this prestigious award on behalf of Cathexis. The ICF Toronto PRISM Award is presented by the […]

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Winter Travels in Southeastern Ontario

Published on February 18, 2015 in Buzz, News

Kate and Yasser have been travelling throughout Southeastern Ontario the last few weeks for an evaluation project. They took some time to enjoy the scenery and thought they’d share a glimpse of their travels with you!      

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International Year of Evaluation

Published on February 6, 2015 in Buzz, Events, News

The International Year of Evaluation is Here! When is it? Now! 2015 was officially declared as the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) at the Third International Conference on National Evaluation Capacities held in Brazil in 2013. What is it?The goal of designating 2015 as the EvalYear is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy […]

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Bring Back the Census

Published on January 29, 2015 in Buzz, News

A private members’ bill to bring back the long-form census and to expand the authority of the Chief Statistician of Canada was brought before parliament by Liberal MP Ted Hsu this past September and will be going for its second hour of debate on January 29, 2015. Serious concern has been expressed by the Canadian […]

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Over the last year, we’ve really been trying to up our game when it comes to report writing.  Why?  We want our evaluations to be meaningful and promote further understanding. Long reports with page after page of results can leave stakeholders wondering what it all means. We’ve been really inspired by the work of folks […]

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Happy Holidays

Published on December 18, 2014 in Buzz, News

Happy holiday season from all of us at Cathexis. We hope you have a fun, relaxing and peaceful December.

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The 2014 Canadian Evaluation Society Ontario (CES-ON) Annual General Meeting and Learning Event focused on storytelling and evaluation.  This is one of our firm’s favourite areas of interest as stories help bring evaluation to life! It’s worth checking out the presentation slides from the various presenters to see the different perspectives on how storytelling and […]

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#FlashbackFriday: Hallowe’en Edition

Published on November 7, 2014 in Buzz, News

Some of the things we take very seriously at Cathexis include: doing great work, understanding our clients’ needs, upholding our ethics…and Hallowe’en! Autumn 2014 has been busy as ever, but Hallowe’en presented a perfect moment for us to reconnect and break bread (and Kit-Kat bars) together as a team. When no one was looking, the […]

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Are you planning on attending CES-Ontario’s Annual General Meeting and Learning Event on October 7th? The Cathexis team will be there in full force and we’re looking forward to seeing both new and familiar faces. If you see a Cathexis-er in the crowd, please give us a wave or pop over and say hello, because […]

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Cathexis-Style Summer Vacation

Published on September 12, 2014 in Buzz, News

The kids are back in school, pumpkin products are back in the shops, and we’re beginning to see the first streaks of orange and yellow in the trees outside our Merton St. office. Where has the summer gone??? It’s been a busy few months for the Cathexis team, but every now and again we took […]

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RESOURCE: Bringing Evidence-Based Treatments into Practice Project (2014) PRODUCER: Melanie Barwick, of SickKids, Grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Check out this series of beautifully illustrated videos on knowledge translation and implementation. After watching these short videos, Melanie Barwick (‘Dr. Mel’) and her team will have answered these questions for you: Why […]

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The annual Canadian Evaluation Society national conference is taking place in beautiful Ottawa this year over June 15-18, 2014.  We look forward to sharing and learning with our evaluation colleagues from across the country and beyond. Check out the conference website for more information. If you’re in attendance, consider adding these sessions involving Cathexis-ers (in […]

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Sachant qu’il y a moins de ressouces d’évaluation en francais que ce qui existe en anglais, nous avons compilé une liste des ressources en francais que nous connaissons. Si vous en connaissez d’autres, s’il vous plaît n’hésitez à nous aider à développer notre liste. Ressouces d’évaluation en francais: Le portail  francophone de l’évaluation : www.evaluation.francophonie.org Société […]

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Have you participated in a great evaluation? Have you been involved in an evaluation that influenced people’s lives and/or led to social betterment? Submit a story to the Evaluation Stories project!  You have until May 5, 2014 to submit your story, for a chance to have your evaluation profiled and published in an international collection of stories about […]

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Adina Jacobson, Senior Consultant at Cathexis, will be making her Ottawa lunch & learn presentation debut by sharing her knowledge on NVivo, a qualitative analysis software. If you’re curious and want to learn more, please attend this lunchtime presentation on April 22, 2014. Here are more details on what you can expect… Yes, computers can […]

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Resource: Introduction to Knowledge Translation (2012) Producer: The Capacity Enhancement Program of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer This 4 ½ minute video provides a great overview of the Knowledge to Action Cycle developed by Ian Graham and his colleagues (affectionately known as the KTA cycle). The KTA cycle is one of the more commonly-used knowledge […]

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Knowledge translation (KT) is a growing focus across a number of sectors, including health care and education, due to the potential it holds to close the gap between evidence and practice. After all, what is the point of research if nobody ever uses the insights it provides? Despite this increasing focus, most are still struggling […]

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ARTIC Evaluation Report Released

Published on January 30, 2014 in Buzz, News, Reports & Articles

Over the last six months, Cathexis has been working with the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) to evaluate their Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) program. ARTIC was launched in 2010 with an aim to move research evidence into practice across Ontario hospitals more quickly, more effectively, and on a broader scale in […]

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Did you make it out to our 2013 AEA presentation on shared measurement strategies?  We had a great group and our collective brains had a great discussion…so great that we can’t share everything that we talked about. But, here are a few key lessons we came up with to help you the next time you […]

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Adina Jacobson has contributed to the latest volume of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (Vol 28. No. 1) with a review of David Fetterman’s Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett Packard’s $15 Million Race Towards Social Justice.  What does she think of the book? You’ll have to check out the book review to […]

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AEA Conference is here!

Published on October 15, 2013 in Buzz, News

It feels like we just submitted our presentation abstracts and suddenly the 2013 American Evaluation Association’s conference is upon us. We are excited to join our evaluation colleagues in Washington, D.C. to share our passion for evaluation. If you happen to be at the conference, we hope to connect with you!  The Cathexis team is […]

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Innovation Challenge moves ahead

Published on October 10, 2013 in Buzz, News

Guest post by Dayna Albert We did it! EvalPartners and the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) have awarded a consortium of five Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), led by Burt Perrin of the European Evaluation Society (EES) and Rochelle Zorzi of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), to explore the value of evaluation […]

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Visualize this! A lesson in data visualization

Published on September 24, 2013 in Buzz, Ideas, News

Melissa attended a workshop at the 2013 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference that was so impressive that we commissioned the presenter, Stephanie Evergreen, to conduct a webinar for the Cathexis staff. Stephanie challenged us to move beyond the tried-and-true Excel graphs towards visuals that get the message across. Gone are the days of unsightly gridlines, repetitive […]

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Hot off the press! We’ve just learned that a submission to the EvalPartners Innovation Challenge, featuring a Cathexis contribution, was successfully short listed.  So, you may be wondering what exactly is the Innovation Challenge? We’ll fill you in… EvalPartners, the global partnership to strengthen national evaluation capacities, recently put forth the Innovation Challenge for Voluntary […]

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AEA…Here we come!

Published on July 17, 2013 in Buzz, Events, News

Cathexis is excited to be represented at the 2013 American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Conference by two sessions: Making the development of performance indicators a transformational experience (Martha McGuire) Shared measurement strategies: How to help different organizations measure the same thing in the same ways (Adina Jacobson, Melissa McGuire and Rochelle Zorzi)   If you haven’t […]

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At the most recent 2013 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference we challenged attendees to tap into their creative side and draw an evaluation cartoon!  Check out some of the artistry below: For more evaluation cartoons, check out the contributions of Chris Lysy to his website devoted to evaluation cartoons. Amazing!

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Cathexis rides to conquer cancer

Published on May 31, 2013 in Buzz, News

We’re proud to announce that our CEO (Rochelle Zorzi) will be joining the Enbridge Ridge to Conquer Cancer. After months of hard training, she will ride her bicycle 200km between Toronto and Niagara falls. Proceeds from this charity benefit The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, one of the top five cancer research centres […]

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Data visualization

Published on May 16, 2013 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

Links to resources on data visualization

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In collaboration with Chris Frank and Associates, Cathexis assessed the implementation of the first two Waves of the Learning Community for Health Quality Ontario (HQO), formerly the Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership. The Learning Community introduces primary healthcare providers to the principles of quality improvement (QI). The evaluation had an eye to improving the components, […]

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Who doesn’t want to spend more time outside given that spring is here!  May 1, 2013 marks the launch of the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30X30 Nature Challenge. This initiative encourages individuals and organizations to get outside with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. (more…)

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Introducing Our New Website

Published on October 26, 2012 in Buzz, News

We are pleased to welcome you to our revamped website. This website offers improved functionality and a number of new features, and it also brings Cathexis to its 11th anniversary with style! Our favourite features include: Buzz – Check out the latest in useful resources, events, news and ideas Team pages – Get to know […]

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Development of Apprenticeship Profiles

Published on February 24, 2012 in Buzz

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), February 2010 – April 2010 (more…)

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CEO Announcement

Published on February 1, 2012 in Buzz, News

Cathexis Consulting is pleased to announce the appointment of Rochelle Zorzi as Chief Executive Officer, based in Toronto. Rochelle will provide leadership and direction while still being active in the core work of the company.

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Priority Sort Article Published

Published on November 26, 2011 in Buzz, News, Reports & Articles

Do you have trouble setting evaluation priorities? Sometimes it can be difficult to select performance indicators or decide which aspects of a program or initiative will be included in an evaluation.

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Evaluation Societies

Published on September 30, 2010 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

Links to evaluation societies in Canada and abroad

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Standards

Published on September 30, 2010 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

Links to standards and ethical conducts

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Links to Evaluation Manuals and capacity building

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Measurement and Statistics

Published on September 30, 2010 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

Links to measurement and statistics

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Social Research and Social Indicators

Published on September 30, 2010 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

Links to social research and indicators

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Clearinghouses

Published on September 30, 2010 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

Links to free or low cost evaluation and outcomes measurement resources

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2010 CES Conference – Ontario Chapter

Published on September 29, 2010 in Buzz, Events

Please join us at 2010 CES Conference Ontario Chapter held in Toronto (ON). We will present 2 workshops: Priority Sort: An Approach to Participatory Decision-Making Utilization-Focused Writing For more information, please go to our Workshops & Presentations page.

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Cathexis’ Meta-Evaluation

Published on May 25, 2010 in Buzz, Favourite Resources

This section includes a description of our process for evaluating our own evaluations (meta-evaluation), and the tools that we use to do it.

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Cathexis Consulting

Published on May 19, 2010 in Buzz

Cathexis Consulting is an applied research and evaluation research company.  We provide services primarily to government, non-profit organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Cathexis has conducted over 100 applied research and program evaluation projects since its creation in 2001.

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