Evaluation Support Program

Why is evaluation important?

A community service may help people with brain disorders—but what are the factors that make it work?  Finding the secrets to success can improve community services.

To help improve services for people with brain disorders, we created the Evaluation Support Program. The program links Ontario-based, not-for-profit organizations with evaluation specialists.

This has been a very worthwhile initiative. It has helped us change the culture of our organization regarding evaluation.

— 2015 program participant

South West Alzheimer Societies

“We gained a greater understanding of what quality evaluation is. For example, we learned that it is good practice to have stakeholders involved from the beginning of an evaluation, especially to hear the voices of those with lived experience and to have these individuals involved in co-designing the evaluation approach and methods.”



Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario

“Perhaps our most valuable take away from the Evaluation Support Program was that program evaluation at the community level is not difficult nor expensive if it is well-planned and has all stakeholders on board.”

Dancing with Parkinson's

“There has been a fundamental shift in our thinking when it comes to assessing how various aspects of our program work.  We are much more sensitive to opportunities to take evaluative steps in different areas of the program, such as our teacher training protocol and special projects involving our DWP participants.”

N’Minoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre

“We have a better understanding of how to encourage evaluative thinking and practices within our organization.”

Success Stories

South West Alzheimer Societies

“We gained a greater understanding of what quality evaluation is. For example, we learned that it is good practice to have stakeholders involved from the beginning of an evaluation, especially to hear the voices of those with lived experience and to have these individuals involved in co-designing the evaluation approach and methods.”