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:

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:

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!

Fall Schedule 2014

We are excited to announce our fall schedule. Mark your calendars!


Sept 18 – Knowledge Mobilization: Activities to Impact (with Bronwynne Wilton of OMAFRA and Anne Bergen of Knowledge to Action Consulting)

Oct. 23 – Save the date (stay tuned for more information)

Nov. 20 – Evaluation and Food Security (with Andrew Taylor and Jaime Brown of Taylor Newberry Consulting)

Event details will be shared in the weeks leading up to each event. Hope to see you there!

– Alison and Don

New date for summer social – July 31st!

The summer social has been rescheduled to next Thursday, July 31st.

This is a chance to meet new people; connect with colleagues in the community; find out what others are doing in the local research and evaluation space, and most of all.. take a break, enjoy a pint and soak in the sun!

When: July 31st, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: The OX, 37 Quebec St., Downtown Guelph
Who: Anyone interested in research and evaluation. Feel free to bring friends, partners, kids etc.

We’ve reserved the harvest table inside at the OX. The patio is first come first serve and weather dependent. Don and I will get there early to try to snag some tables outside.

To RSVP, please click here.