Evaluation

Evaluation plays a critical role for our partners. Funders, program planners, and policy makers are always seeking rigorous and reliable evaluations to inform resource allocation, demonstrate accountability, and improve essential services. Over the past 15 years, we have responded to community requests for evaluation expertise and capacity building opportunities. Within the past 3 years, there has been an increased emphasis from our partners on the need for increased capacity in evaluation within their communities.


Our Research Related to Evaluation

  • Developing a Model of Supportive Housing for Teen Families

    CUP, Terra Centre, and Brentwood Housing Society have come together to develop a model of supportive housing for teen families using an evaluative approach. In collaboration, Terra and Brentwood provide safe, secure and affordable housing and wraparound supports to teen parents and their children. Through evaluation, the partnership will learn about and improve the current model, while understanding the impacts of these supports on the children and parents. Read more

  • Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN)
    In response to requests from our community partners, CUP is developing the Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN) to build collaborations among existing evaluation institutions and organizations, and serve as a central point of contact for partners to access evaluation expertise, resources, educational opportunities, and networks. Community organizations have limited resources to meet the increasing requirements of funders who are seeking rigorous evaluation outcomes to inform funding decisions, improve essential services, and demonstrate accountability. The ECN will enhance evaluation capacity building opportunities; serve as an evaluation broker by developing and implementing evaluations; develop an interdisciplinary network of evaluation stakeholders; and increase cross-sector dialogue to bridge funder and agency perspectives on evaluation. The ECN’s ultimate goal is to build evaluation capacity that informs program and policy decision-making. Read More
  • Mobilizing Knowledge About Development (MKAD)
    An initiative to study and evaluate knowledge-mobilization practices and to build both university and community capacity for community-based research and knowledge sharing. Read More
  • Evaluation of the Edmonton and Area Preschool Development Screening Initiative
    The Mill Woods Preschool Developmental Screening Initiative was aimed at building capacity among families and service providers to support healthy early child development. This initiative was a collaboration of nine partners working across health, children’s services, and education with the aim of maximizing resources to increase access to screening, intervention, and services for families. Read More
  • Edmonton Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation Needs Assessment
    The Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation Resource Centre (ECMERC) led a needs assessment to determine the current assessment knowledge, purposes, and tool use and efficacy by surveying teachers, childcare workers, program directors, policymakers, researchers, and others in the early childhood development community. Read More
  • Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation Resource Centre
    ECMERC was a resource centre created to assist clinicians, community program staff and managers, evaluators, funders, researchers, and policymakers to understand the purposes, uses, and limitations of early childhood measurement tools. Read More
  • Head Start Child Care Evaluation
    This evaluation examined the use of resource teams as a support strategy within different child care settings. Read More
  • Capacity Building as Crime Prevention: Outcomes Evaluation of the Kids in the Hall Bistro Program
    The focus of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of the social-developmental approach. Read More
  • Evaluation of the In School Mentoring Program
    A study of practices and outcomes associated with mentoring children in elementary schools. Read More