February 2016 Guelph Evaluation Café Meeting

Own your success and dump that imposter!

time: 7.00-8.30 pm
date: Thursday February 25th
location (updated): HumanSystems® Incorporated, Granary Building, 111 Farquhar Street

  • You’re experienced and competent in your skills, right?
  • You’ve worked hard to get where you are in your career, correct?
  • You’re a professional and you take your work seriously, yes?

So why might you sometimes doubt your abilities? What makes you feel that you’re some kind of fraud, that your performance is a sham and that others are more deserving of success?

Join us on Feb 25 for a lively discussion on the topic of Imposter Syndrome. Impostor syndrome refers to a collection of feelings of inadequacy that most people – even very accomplished and skilled people – have experienced at one point or another, even though their actual accomplishments clearly tell a story of success.

We’ll explore what imposter syndrome is, how it can contribute to undermining your abilities as an evaluator, and ways to recognize and deal with this phenomenon. We’ll also look at how this phenomenon relates to the Canadian Evaluation Society competencies for practice and we’ll have a few professionals speak about their personal experience and how they faced down the imposter!

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November 2015 Guelph Evaluation Café Meeting

Assessing Progress Towards Open Government in Guelph

time: 7.00-8.30 pm
date: Thursday 19th November.
location: HumanSystems® Incorporated, Granary Building, 111 Farquhar Street.
parking: Pick any HSI® signed spot at the front of the building.

Come and discuss evaluation approaches for Open Government in Guelph.


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September 24 Evaluation Café: Learning Session

Welcome back to the Guelph Evaluation Café! This fall, we’re planning for learning sessions in September/ November.

Event Evaluation

What impact did your event have? What happened during & after the conference? How do you evaluate workshops?

Join us on September 24 for a learning session on event evaluation. The format will be a facilitated discussion, so we can share expertise within the group.

All are welcome! This learning session is aimed at beginner to intermediate evaluation audiences. If you’re an evaluation practitioner, please come and share your expertise, brush up on some skills, and socialize with fellow practitioners.



  • evaluation before, during, & after the event
  • pros & cons of different approaches
  • examples from the field


Elizabeth Shantz, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Canadian Water Network

Sara Fisher, KTT and Communications Officer, University of Guelph


Get in touch: guelphevaluation@gmail.com

Summer 2015 Update

Our Eval Café 2.0 meeting in April was a success. About 10 of us met over appetizers and drinks at Fionn MacCool’s, and talked about what we wanted to see in upcoming Evaluation Café meetings. We heard that people are interested in attending for two reasons:

  1. learning about evaluation
  2. networking & socialization

Over the summer, we’re going to line up some speakers for learning events and schedule some social events for the fall. We’re also going to connect with other meet-up groups, collaborations, and communities of practice in the Guelph community and beyond.

To help us meet your needs and goals with the evaluation café, please get in touch to share your expertise, connections, or favourite place to meet: guelphevaluation@gmail.com

See you in the Fall!

(this Guelph Evaluation Café update brought to you by Anne Bergen & Sara Fisher)

Join us on April 22 for Eval Cafe 2.0

If you’ve been to an Eval Cafe event, you’ll know that we’re all about strengthening relationships, sharing knowledge and having fun. Come out on April 22nd and do just that!

Location: Fionn MacCool’s (494 Edinburgh Road South)
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

This is a social event, with a twist. Inspired by Open Space, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in discussions about how to best leverage our relationships, passions and talents to build a valuable and resilient Community of Practice. Think of it as “Eval Cafe 2.0”!

Visit our Eventbrite page to RSVP.

We encourage you to invite friends and colleague to this event to help expand the conversation.

See you there!