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City of Hamilton & CES Ontario: Research and Evaluation Network Event
November 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join the City of Hamilton – Children’s Services and Neighbourhood Development Division and the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario Chapter (CES-ON) at a co-hosted inaugural Research and Evaluation Network event. This event is free to attend, and light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
The City is looking to broaden the scope of the previously existing Best Start Early Year’s Research and Evaluation Committee to include more members, a wider range of functions, including a focus on human services and system-level inquiry and learning.
One of CES-ON’s goals is to support local evaluation communities of practice and connect its members to them.
The event will start with a presentation from Michelle Vine and Rachel Laxer (from Public Health Ontario) on the Evaluation of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which is a community-based intervention developed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). Forty-five Ontario communities worked with local public and private partners to develop and implement community-based initiatives (i.e., programs, policies, environmental supports) to promote healthy behaviours among children and youth. Michelle and Rachel will discuss:
- How a multi-stakeholder approach is integral for population-based initiatives to be most effective.
- Results of some of the partnerships formed.
- Successes and challenges associated with forming public-private partnerships.
- Ways in which PHO formed partnerships across sectors in order to carry out the different evaluation activities.
After the presentation there will be small group discussions on how to best nurture engagement in the Research and Evaluation Network moving forward.
Lastly, there will be time for open networking, so that attendees can get to know new members working on evaluation in the Hamilton region.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There are paid parking lots under Jackson Square mall, which is attached to the Library.
When to arrive:
Please arrive starting at 4:30pm to register and find a seat, as the event will start at 5pm sharp.
About the presenters:
Dr. Michelle Vine is an Evaluation Specialist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is a social geographer, with a focus on the environment and health, population health intervention research, health policy implementation and evaluation, and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Rachel Laxer is an Evaluation Specialist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario. Her PhD research focused on obesity-related behaviours in youth, and the implementation of programs and policies in schools to improve youth health behaviours. Prior to PHO, Rachel worked as an evaluation consultant for Ophea, evaluating the impact of their Healthy Schools Certification and informing programmatic changes.