Arts-Based Methods for Evaluators
Hands-on, creative practice, online course for practicing evaluators looking for a gentle introduction to arts-based data collection techniques to jazz up their practice.
Jazz up your evaluation toolbox with creative, energizing, joy-centred facilitation and data collection strategies. Learn how to:
Elicit rich qualitative data
Navigate ethics in practice
"Pitch" arts methods
Decide between arts methods
Use data to inform decisions
Benefit from original content you won't find anywhere else, a supportive learning community, and a tailored learning experience.
12 hours of original content
6 x 2-hour live sessions with case studies & real-world examples
Connect with peers in a small class with plenty of discussions
Familiarity with 4 methods
Photo elicitation, poetry, drawing & collage
Confidence with art-making
Zero judgment for your artistic skills!
Time dedicated to practicing in each session
New interviewing module
Pilot our brand-new imaginative interviewing module!
What People are Saying
"An excellent opportunity to deepen into critical thinking about matching evaluation goals with arts-based approaches, and learn about ways to creatively and meaningfully engage participants."
- Learner, Spring 2023 Cohort
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can register?
Practicing evaluators at any stage of their careers are welcome, and must have experience with:
Designing evaluation frameworks (setting goals, drafting evaluation questions, creating logic models and/or theories of change)
Conducting qualitative interviews and/or focus groups
Analyzing qualitative data
English-language (for instruction, practice, and group work)
* While students may join from anywhere in the world, the course will be primarily grounded in Canadian contexts.
Can I sign up if I'm a student?
If you are still in school but actively work in evaluation (e.g., as a part-time job, internship, work/learn position or practicum) you are welcome to sign up. If you have never done an evaluation before, please email us to make sure this is a good fit for you.
Do I have to be an artist?
No! Absolutely no artistic skill or experience is necessary.
What supplies do I need?
We've done our best to keep your supply costs low by prioritizing activities that can be completed with things you likely already have. You'll need:
Access to a computer or tablet with internet & a microphone and camera for Zoom
Access to a camera or pre-existing photos (e.g., on your phone or in an album)
A pen or pencil
Paper or a notebook (lined, graph, or printer paper are all okay)
Colour markers, pencil crayons, or wax crayons (a few assorted colours is perfect)
Collage materials (glue, scissors, scrap items)
Is the registration fee flexible?
The most recent cohort was $875 CAD. Prices may shift between cohorts. Arts and arts-based skill-building programs are valuable and value-added. And we are conscious of financial barriers resulting from capitalism and systemic inequities. So, here's how we are committed to equitable registration:
We reserved a limited number of spots at a reduced cost for folks experiencing financial barriers to participation (please email us directly if you'd like to chat about this option)
We are happy to support efforts to secure professional development funds. We can provide letters to your organization explaining the benefits of this course and discuss alternative strategies to cover the costs.
For evaluators in British Columbia, we encourage you to check out the Canadian Evaluation Society's DEI Inclusion Fund to see if this support is a good fit for you.
Can I pick and choose sessions?
No. But, we offer webinars, lunch 'n learn sessions, and workshops for organizations and small groups. If you want a specific session, email us to figure out a better option.
Can I get a refund?
If too few people sign up for this course, we will issue a full refund before the class starts. We will also offer you a preferred rate and early access to registration the next time we run the course.
To secure your spot, we require registration fees to be paid upfront and in full. We will not issue refunds if you change your mind, can no longer attend or decide this course is not suitable for you.
If you have any concerns about attendance, please email us directly to find a solution.
Where can I learn more about arts-methods before signing up?
You can read more about arts-methods on our blog:
Hear us discuss arts-based methods with Mass Culture's free T.R.A.I.N. workshop series here.
What Else Can I Participate In?
We are actively working in variations of this course to better meet evaluators where they are. We currently offer:
Mini Beginner Course (on request for organizations)
4 sessions @ 2 hours each
3 methods & 1 activity for each method to practice using them
Some time for practice, discussion & reflection
"Spotlight" examples to show alternative ways to use each method
Method Intensive Workshops (on request for organizations)
An in-depth exploration of the method(s) of your choosing
Activities to help you use each method in your practice or organization
Time for discussion, reflection & coaching
Asynchronous, online, self-paced for individuals and small groups
Arts-based methods for evaluators: intermediate (I)
includes more advanced methods & deeper dive into artistic practice
Arts-based methods for evaluators: intermediate (II)
includes more in-depth look at data analysis techniques
Flexible times, contexts, and options for international learners
Please email us for more information about options.
Who I can talk to if I have more questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org