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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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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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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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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    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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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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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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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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Electrify your audience!

Published on July 17, 2013 in Ideas

We’ve all been there…Starring bleary eyed at your computer screen thinking of the best way to convey a message. Whether it’s an evaluation report, an email, or presentation, sometimes the words just don’t come.  Instead of letting the coffee cups pile up, check out this collection of writing techniques to pique your audience’s interest.

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Numbers don’t lie …

Published on July 26, 2010 in Ideas

.….. or do they? A movement started in parts of the English-speaking world in reaction to census questions about people’s religious beliefs.

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