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2023 EC³ 

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2023 Evaluation Capacity Case Challenge

The inaugural edition of the Evaluation Capacity Case Challenge (EC3) took place at the Max Bell School of Public Policy on April 28th and 29th, 2023 (in-person and online). The Case Site selected for 2023 was the City of Kingston. They tasked the four teams with the following challenge question,

"As a municipality, we have an obligation to evaluate programs, engage with residents, and use resulting insights to enhance the quality of life for everyone who works, lives, visits, or plays in the City of Kingston. How can we build an organizational culture where evaluative questioning is embedded in our everyday work, barriers to engaging in evaluation are addressed, and evaluative insights are used to inform decisions and promote equality?"

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Congratulations to the 2023 winning team!

  • Collective Conclusions: Allison Prieur, Michelle Rondeau, Amanda Sutter, Nishank Varshney and Paisley Worthington. They were supported by coach Dr. Isabelle Bourgeois. 

List of participants:

Team 1: Collective Conclusions

  • Allison Prieur, student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University.
  • Michelle Rondeau, student in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Alberta.
  • Amanda Sutter, doctoral student at the University of Connecticut specializing in evaluation and research methodologies.
  • Nishank Varshney, PhD candidate in Public Affairs at the Humphrey School, University of Minnesota.
  • Paisley Worthington, doctoral student at Queen’s University
  • Coach: Isabelle Bourgeois

Team 2: EvaLux Consultance

  • Brooks D. Youngmark, doctoral student in Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina
  • Sandrine Desforges, student in the Master of Public Policy at the Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
  • Dickson Otieno, doctoral student in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech
  • Anna Press, doctoral student in Education at Loyola University, Chicago
  • Areej Tayem, PhD student in Education at the University of Ottawa
  • Coach: Rebecca Gokiert

Team 3: KBS2 Inc.

  • Bolanle Oyindamola Adebayo, PhD student in the Department of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University
  • Sarah Dodoo, doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Karolina Kaminska, PhD candidate in Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo
  • Sarah Truax, Philanthropy Fellow with the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
  • Coach: Michelle Searle

Team 4: Eval Focus

  • Sebastian Betzer, recent graduate of the Program Evaluation Master's Degree at Michigan State University
  • Liza Boyar, PhD candidate in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo
  • Jimmy Frickey, doctoral student
  • Omodolapo Somo-Aina, Doctoral student in the department of Educational Research Methodology in the University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • Nicolas Uwitonze, PhD student at the Department of Agriculture, Leadership and Community Education at Virginia Tech
  • Coach: Melissa Tremblay

2023 Judges:

  • Dr. Jane Whynot; Partner at GGI- and adjunct faculty Carleton University

  • Dr. David Buetti, Associate Researcher, University of Ottawa

  • Laurie Dixon, Manager - Research & Data, City of Kingston

  • Jennifer Pinarski, Manager - Communications and Public Engagement, City of Kingston



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