Arts-Based Methods for Evaluation

Beginner Course

This exciting new course provides a glimpse into arts-based methods. Practicing evaluators in Canada and the USA will learn how to use arts-based techniques to: 

  • set evaluation goals 

  • design evaluation frameworks 

  • elicit, analyze, and share data

  • practice reflexivity

  • collaborate with clients and interdisciplinary teams


With hands-on activities, real-world examples, rich group discussions, and opportunities for reflection, learners will gain a clear understanding of when, how, and why to integrate arts methods into their own evaluation practice. 

Taught by actively practicing arts-based evaluators and methodologists, this course offers learners a sneak-peak into original content from Jennica and Maya's upcoming textbook. 

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Week 1 - Oct. 14, 2021

Drawing Pt. 1

Week 2 - Oct. 21, 2021

Drawing Pt. 2

Week 3 - Oct. 28, 2021


Week 4 - Nov. 4, 2021


Week 5 - Nov. 11, 2021


Week 6 - Nov. 18, 2021

The first cohort of learners will receive: 

  • A preferred registration rate of $750 + tax (future offerings will increase) 

  • Access to original resources, facilitation tips, worksheets, and strategies to bring into their next evaluation project 

  • Feedback and one-on-one support from the facilitators

  • 30 minutes of free arts-based evaluation consultation when they bring any strategy from the course into their evaluation practice  

Each 2-hour session will take place online on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00pm PST (Oct. 14 - Nov. 18, 2021). 

Registration for the 2021 course is now closed. Please check-back later for more information about future offerings, or sign-up for our waitlist to receive updates on our Arts-Based Methods for Evaluation 2.0 course to be offered in 2022.

Our Teaching Approach

We are on a mission to transform evaluation. We believe that arts, imagination, and creativity are key in making evaluation more meaningful, reciprocal, and restorative. After spending the last 5 years researching, practicing, testing, and creating arts-based methods, we are ready to offer evaluators a different kind of continuing education experience.

Using the following strategies in our teaching approach, we make learning exciting, meaningful, and relevant. 

  1. Prioritize use by bringing "the field" into the classroom - demonstrating when specific methods fit, what opportunities they create, and how to address potential challenges

    “I very much enjoyed it, and I walked away learning some pretty powerful tips for fostering greater introspection and self-awareness.”(CES National Conference Workshop Participant, 2021)


  2. Create an active, engaging, and brave learning environment 

    “The leaders were excellent in content and in capacity to work with zoom. The session was creative, visually inspiring, engaged the participants using multiple zoom methods (polls, breakout rooms, team sessions) and they used google slides so we could manipulate / complete questions on the deck, live. It was great!”(CES National Conference Workshop Participant, 2021)

  3. Foster excitement, confidence, and capacity for learners to try strategies independently and in their own evaluation contexts 

    ​“Thank you for the amazing presentation and introduction to poetry as a data collection and analysis tool! I've seen/used photography and storytelling for evaluations a lot more, and this has been inspiring to push to be more creative” (CESBC Webinar on Poetry Attendee, 2021)

  4. Nurture curiosity so that learners continue to explore arts-based methods independently 

    “In what ways can I operationalize this (and other arts based) approaches and methods in my work? What is the feasibility of these methods? In which contexts would they work best?” (CESBC Webinar on Poetry Attendee, 2021)

Building a learning community requires effort from all parties. Here's what we expect from you: 

  • Participate! Trust in the "learn by doing" structure. Know that we would never ask you to do anything we haven't already done ourselves (don't worry, we will go first).

  • Bring joy, authenticity, and bravery into the space by sharing ideas from your perspective (no devil's advocates), making mistakes, creating space for other learners, and staying open to new ideas

  • Contribute your honest feedback about each session to teach us about your learning needs and help us improve subsequent sessions

“Keep on spreading the joy. The more it becomes something people know about and become more comfortable, the more I think it will be easier to use and convince others to try out and use.”

(CESBC Poetry Webinar Attendee, 2021)