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Diverse Voices: Community-based approaches to making evaluation attainable & equitable
Building healthy, equitable communities for all includes project planning, reflecting on implementation progress, and learning from the healthy community development process—a field of practice known as evaluation. Through the application of evaluation practices, evaluators have the power to influence policies and mitigate systemic inequities that negatively impact our health and well-being.

Through the work conducted at BC Healthy Communities and the Canadian Evaluation Society – BC Chapter (CESBC), we know that many community organizations and their members incorporate evaluation practices into their work without realizing it, highlighting that you don't need to be an “evaluator” to perform evaluation work and contribute to healthy, equitable policy development.

Please join BCHC and CESBC on April 16 from 12:00–1pm PDT for our webinar, Diverse Voices: Community-based approaches to making evaluation attainable & equitable. Through a facilitated discussion with our equitable evaluation colleagues, we’ll explore the application of feasible, equitable evaluation principles in B.C. community settings, and the significance of reciprocity when engaging in community partnerships to collaboratively learn together.

This webinar fulfills reflective and situational practice competencies for the CES Credentialing Program.

Apr 16, 2021 12:00 PM in Vancouver

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Caitlyn Bennett
Food Action Coordinator, Edible Pathways/Harvest Hut Projects @Town of Oliver
Caitlyn Bennett is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science. While at the University, Caitlyn had the opportunity to work for National Student run Non-Profit; Meal Exchange where she learned about student food insecurity. The following year she was the VP of Communications for the Sustainable Development Goals Club on campus. Caitlyn returned to her hometown of Oliver where she took the job of Food Action Coordinator with the Town of Oliver working to implement their community food action plan. This job was Caitlyn’s first opportunity to work for a municipal government or participate in public engagement. Since then, Caitlyn has been able to explore public service by training as a municipal clerk, working with the Parks and Recreation Society as a Parks Ambassador, working as a bylaw officer, and being a Recreation Assistant with Parks and Recreation.
Sheila Matano
Vice-President @Canadian Evaluation Society, BC Chapter
Sheila Matano is a researcher and evaluator with over a decade of experience in program evaluation, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. She is also currently the vice president of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CESBC). Most recently, she spearheaded the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at CESBC and is hosting the Diverse Voices Series, which aims to highlight community evaluation projects, programs, and organizations across BC and beyond that incorporate Equitable Evaluation in their practice. Sheila specializes in working in complex environments and has worked with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations worldwide to help improve their project activities and outcomes. She helps organizations achieve their mission and strategic goals by using conversations and data to facilitate better decision-making, raise awareness, raise funds, develop policies, and demonstrate their work's impact.