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.
The next course will run January-February 2024. Learners can choose:
Wednesday 9:00-11:00am PST (January 17 - February 21)
Thursday 9:00-11:00am (January 18 - February 22)
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
Facilitate 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
Enhance your interviewing skills with more creative questions
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
* The course will be taught in English.
Can I sign up if I'm a student?
If you are still in school but actively work in evaluation 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?
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?
Arts and arts-based skill-building programs are valuable and value-added! And yet, we are also committed to equitable registration by reserving a limited number of seats for evaluators experiencing financial barriers. Please email us directly to discuss this option.
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 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 or can no longer attend.
If you have any concerns about attendance, please email us directly to find a solution.
Can I register my whole team?
If you are interested in having more than two people from your organization join our class, send us an email. It may be more beneficial for us to customize a workshop or lunch 'n learn series for your team. This way, we can support your unique projects and goals with a cost-effective solution.