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Courses

We bring engaging, educational content through short form videos, long form courses, tutorials, how-to lessons, and more, covering every topic you’ve ever wondered about (and many you never thought you’d wonder about) related to alignment, learning, adaptation, and embodiment. We offer two types of courses:

Learning Formats

Online Self-Paced Classes

These online self-paced classes let you move through the content in your own time

Duration: You decide

Class Size: Anyone can join at any time

Effort: 10-15 hours total

Format: 100% Online

Model: Individual reading and reflection; self-paced video content

Price: $99

Online Instructor-Supported Classes

These online classes ask you to do one lesson per week at your own pace while contributing

to online discussions

Duration: Each course is 8-weeks in length

Class Size: 5-25 participants

Effort: 3-5 Hours per week

Format: 100% Online

Model: Individual reading and reflection; self-paced video content; online course discussion group; weekly sessions with the instructor

Price: $399

In-person Classes or Workshops

Any of the topics below can be offered in-person or as a workshop for your team, organization, or initiative. Contact us here to learn more

Course Catalog

Online self-paced courses

Online instructor-led courses

Course 1A: Learning and Leading in Complexity:Developmental Evaluation

Course 1B: Learning on Purpose: Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Course 2A: Moving Beyond Words: Arts-Based Evaluation

Course 2B: Following the North Star: Principles-Focused Evaluation

Course 3A: Creative Evaluation Essentials

Course 3B: Evaluation for Wellbeing

Course Schedule

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Trimester 3

Trimester 1

Trimester 2

Course 3A - Tuesday, Apr 11th, 18th, 25th, May 2nd, 9th off, 16th, 23rd, 30th, June 6th

Course 3B - Tuesday, Apr 13th, 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th off, 18th, 25th, June 1st, 8th

Course 1A - Tuesday, Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th off, Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov 1st  

Course 1B - Thursday 8th, Sept 15th, 22nd, 29th off, Oct.6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, Nov 3rd

Course 2A - Tuesday, Jan 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, Feb. 7th, 14th off, 21st, 28th, Mar 7th

Course 2B - Thursday, Jan 12th, 19th, 26th, Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th off, 23rd, Mar 2nd, 9th

Course Descriptions

Course 1A: Learning and Leading in Complexity: Developmental Evaluation

Developmental evaluation (DE) emerged in response to the need to support real-time learning in complex and emergent situations. Traditional forms of evaluation work well in situations where the progression from problem to solution can be laid out in a relatively clear sequence of steps (Gamble, 2008). However, initiatives with multiple stakeholders, high levels of innovation, fast paced decision-making, and areas of uncertainty require more flexible approaches (Patton, 2008). Patton argues that developmental evaluation provides a critical and pragmatic alternative for evaluators working in complex situations in which there is high uncertainty as to the cause of the problem and low agreement about what ought to be done to solve or correct the problem

Participants will learn:

The niche and nature of developmental evaluation

Purposes and applications of developmental evaluation

The relationship between complexity, systems thinking, and developmental evaluation

The particular challenges, strengths, and weaknesses of developmental evaluation

The essential principles for designing and conducting developmental evaluation

Course 1B: Learning on Purpose: Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) begins with the premise that evaluations should be judged by their utility and actual use; therefore, evaluators should facilitate the evaluation process and design any evaluation with careful consideration of how everything that is done, from beginning to end, will affect use. Use concerns how real people in the real world apply evaluation findings and experience the evaluation process. Therefore, the focus in utilization-focused evaluation is on intended use by intended users

Participants will learn:

Key factors in doing useful evaluations, common barriers to use, and how to overcome those barriers

Implications of focusing an evaluation on intended use by intended users

Options for evaluation design and methods based on situational responsiveness, adaptability, and creativity

Ways of building evaluation into the programming process to increase use

Course 2A: Moving Beyond Words: Arts-Based Evaluation

Arts-Based evaluation (ABE) collects, analyzes, and reports data through artistic methods, including painting, drawing, sculpture, fiber arts, dance, theater, photography, animation, music, poetry, fiction, culinary arts, and other forms. ABE is typically used in conjunction with other methodologies.

Arts-based techniques allow participants to express thoughts or feelings that they may not be ready to put into words, help evaluators uncover hidden assumptions or associations, and create accessible entries into the evaluation for all stakeholders while fostering an emotional connection between the participants and the data.

Participants will learn:

Why evaluators should consider using arts-based evaluation methods

Arts-based data collection, analysis, and reporting techniques

How to integrate arts-based methods with quantitative, qualitative, community-based participatory, and/or culturally responsive methods

Course 2B: Following the North Star: Principles-Focused Evaluation

Principles-focused evaluation (PFE) uses guiding principles for accountability rather than, or paired with, program outcomes. This workshop instructs participants on how and why principles-focused evaluation can create more meaningful evaluations and sustainable change.

 

This course will be filled with both content and practical tools and takeaways that participants will be able to use in their evaluations and collaborative efforts.

Participants will learn:

Why principles matter for initiative development and evaluation

How principles can serve as a rudder to navigate the uncertainties, turbulence, and emergent challenges of complex dynamic environments

Using the AIM-UP framework to evaluate the quality of the principles

How to use rubrics in principles-focused evaluation practice

Course 3A: Creative Evaluation and Engagement Essentials

This workshop will describe the roots of Creative Evaluation and Engagement, introduce the essential elements for creative evaluation, and explore the importance of and interaction between these elements

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Embody

Creative Evaluation and Engagement Essentials

Evoke
Relate
Care

Learn

Adapt

Align

Articulate Vision
Define Purpose
Illuminate Context
Identify Guiding Principles

Craft Questions
Gather Evidence
Make Sense
Surface Insights

Engage
Reflect
Move

To learn more about Creative Evaluation and Engagement, buy the book here

Participants will learn:

The roots of Creative Evaluation and Engagement

Creative Creative Evaluation and Engagement essentials

How to know when Creative Evaluation and Engagement is appropriate

How to identify strengths and areas for growth as a Creative Evaluator

Course 3B: Evaluation for Wellbeing

We care by tending to wellness. Doing good in the world requires that wellbeing be central to our work as individuals, organizations, sectors, and society (Severns Guntzel & Murphy Johnson, 2020). Changemakers who commit to a process of wellbeing, and who experience wellbeing, report being more healthy, resilient, courageous, forgiving, authentic, creative, and collaborative. The bottom line is that supporting changemakers means supporting their wellbeing. This class explores how evaluation can support the wellbeing of individuals, the collective, and the globe

Participants will learn:

The behaviors, knowledge, capacity, conditions, and beliefs that support wellbeing

How to apply these in a team or organizational setting

How to use rubrics to track the journey to wellbeing