Episode 9: 2018: An Evaluation Odyssey

In the first episode of 2018, Brian and Carolyn kick off the new year with some retrospective musings and a bit of peering off into the horizon with goals, directions, and personal challenges for the year ahead. We cover a little of everything in what may be a preview of podcast content to come—learning new stats programs, getting an evaluation credential, using arts-based methods (and why Brian should play the trombone at a stakeholder meeting), engaging with reconciliation as evaluators and new approaches to evaluation ethics, community development, evaluation conferences and more! Check it out to hear about Brian’s hot new podcast/blog idea and the context in which Carolyn uses the phrase “brain in a jar”


Episode 8: #Eval – The Twittering

Brush off your hashtags and practice condensing your thoughts to 140 characters (or is that 280 now?), as Carolyn and Brian are joined by fellow evaluation consultant Dana Wanzer to talk Twitter. We chat about how we’ve used the platform to build community, our stand-out moments on Twitter, and of course our favourite memes (#omgmqp for starters). Plus, can evaluation benefit from more cute animal pics? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.

Episode 7: “Damn it, Jim, I’m an evaluator!” Lessons from the Trekiverse

Open hailing frequencies and get your warp engines online, it’s our nerdiest episode yet! We’re joined by Kylie Hutchinson, principal consultant for Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation, to talk about the lessons that evaluators can take from the Star Trek universe. From the Original Series to Voyager (no Discovery spoilers!), we share our favourite nerdy references and apply them to evaluation. Should we be battling the Borg? Embracing our inner Ferengi? Are evaluators more like Data or Spock (or Odo?) Did Michael Quinn Patton invent our profession’s Corbomite manoeuvre? And where is evaluation as a profession boldly going next? Tune in and find out!

Episode 6: Let’s Get Ethical!

Join Brian and Carolyn in welcoming our first podcast special guest, Don Flaming, Manager of ARECCI (A pRoject Ethics Community Consensus Initiative) for Alberta Innovates! In this episode, we delve into the BIG questions. Do we need REBs to be ethical? What’s the difference between research and evaluation? What ethics “myths” can we bust? And will Carolyn and Brian make it through a whole episode without mentioning #OMGMQP? Tune in and find out!

Episode 5: Under Pressure – Evaluator Self-Care

Continuing on our October theme – what fears lie in the hearts of evaluators and how do we take the pressure off? Brian and Carolyn discuss the benefits of practicing mindfulness, saying no, and both connecting with and taking time away from other people. Start up the bubble bath and dig out your evaluator hat-crafting supplies, it’s time for some self-care!

Episode 4: (Don’t Fear) The Evaluator

Grab your monster masks and a bag of candy, we’re kicking off October with our scariest topic yet: the fear of evaluation! So what does evaluation have to do with quicksand and evil twins? How can evaluators be like the worst Batman ever? Will Brian and Carolyn manage to reference MQP for a fourth episode in a row?? Tune in and find out!

Episode 3: Resident Eval – Apocalypse

Brian and Carolyn fill their knapsacks with useful evaluation resources (physical and intangible) in this instalment of Eval Cafe. What evaluation tools would be useful in a post-apocalyptic society? How many evaluators could you fit on a desert island? Are drinking games a useful tool for professional development and skills assessment? The answers to these questions may be found in this episode! (or not)