I like using mixed methods in program evaluation, generally using quantitative elements like surveys and utilization (administrative) data to create a framework that is then filled in more richly with qualitative data (focus groups, interviews). Because I am usually working with dynamic (living, changing) populations, I find this is the best method of assessing change in real-time, as well as looking at impact in a multi-year, multi-community, multi-disciplinary setting. I have expertise in all stages of evaluation – design, ethics – including OCAP principles, implementation, analysis, reporting, and knowledge translation, which in turn informs evidence-based decision making. I can write and review all of these elements in grant applications and reporting.
Working in community engaged research, and being a human who cares about making good real-time decisions to benefit communities, my evaluation experience has always been about systems analysis and continuous quality improvement. This value is what I have taken from research to operations, employing skills in: project documentation, business writing, vendor engagement, and analyzing operational problems and identifying solutions. Now, I’m taking health promotion evaluation, combined with employment engagement and other surveys, to improve wellbeing programs. In the wellbeing field, this means looking at various areas, including: mental health, equity and inclusion, Indigenous engagement, collaborative leadership, and physical activity.
I will work with you to lay out a project scope and develop a flat project budget with deliverables.