Evaluation Capacity Network: Collaborating for Community-Driven and Culturally Relevant Early Childhood Practices, Programs, and Policies

Collaborative scholarship in assessment, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization

Evaluation Capacity Network: Collaborating for Community-Driven and Culturally Relevant Early Childhood Practices, Programs, and Policies

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Gokiert, with a team of co-investigators including Dr. Michelle Searle

The goal of the Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN) is to collaboratively develop community-driven and culturally relevant approaches for producing and using evidence to improve early childhood practice, programs, and policy towards system effectiveness. Our objectives are to:

  1. Deepen understanding through engagement to ensure that evaluations are community-driven and culturally relevant
  2. Co-create and implement research and evaluation that is mutually beneficial to all ECN partners
  3. Develop an Evaluation Hub that will connect people to evaluation resources, learning, and support to mobilize knowledge and build evaluation capacity in the early childhood field

To achieve these, the ECN will enhance dialogue and knowledge mobilization among community agencies and organizations that deliver ECD programming, funders that influence evaluation of programs for children and families across Canada, government partners that impact ECD program funding, policy development and service delivery, and academics/ academic institutions that train future evaluators and support community agencies with evaluation. In doing so, the ECN serves as a central space where students, researchers, government, and community organizations can share and access evaluation expertise, resources, educational opportunities, and networks.

Funding: SSHRC Partnership Grant

You can learn more about this project here:

https://www.evaluationcapacitynetwork.com/

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