Evaluation

Understanding the Impact of Group Counselling in a Classroom Setting

This project was prepared for, and in partnership with, Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph Wellington's Breaking Free Program. The Breaking Free program is a psycho-educational group program for youth ages 13-18 that have been considered high-risk of using abusive behaviours in relationships.

Author(s): 
Sarah Feige, Melanie Davis
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington

Better Ballot Campaign Program Evaluation

This report presents the findings of a program evaluation conducted by CESI’s Research Shop in collaboration with the Better Ballot Campaign (BBC). The goal of the BBC is to positively influence the political climate by promoting civil discussion and debates. The program evaluation engaged with candidates, voters and volunteers to assess the successes, challenges and lessons learned to explore potential future directions for the campaign. In addition, a case study examined how the Better Ballot Campaign took shape in Dufferin-Caledon in 2018.

Author(s): 
Jessica Lukawiecki, Kelly Hatt, Claudia Volpe
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Better Ballot Campaign

Out On The Shelf Evaluation Report

This evaluation was prepared for, and in partnership with, Out On The Shelf (OOTS), a queer library and resource centre in Guelph, Ontario. This project aimed to evaluate OOTS programming and processes. Evaluation activities were carried out from October 2019 to February 2020 and consisted of a program participant survey, board member and volunteer focus groups, a graffiti wall, and attendance tracking.

Author(s): 
Alexandria Vincent, Laura Frielingsdorf, Emily De Sousa
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Out on the Shelf

Doing Good in Communities [UNIV*1200]

'Doing Good in Communities' is an experiential First Year Seminar course that challenges students to think beyond volunteering and charity as the means to have a positive impact in our communities. Over the course of one semester, interdisciplinary teams of students address specific challenges identified by community-partners using tools and techniques from lean business models and social enterprise startups.

Ideas Congress [ICON]

Students from most faculties and year-levels at the university can elect to take ICON. As a class, they work with a community partner to analyze and approach broad social issue from a multidisciplinary perspective. A unique aspect of the course is that there are no clear rubrics or mark breakdowns established. Students are informed about bare minimum requirements, but are encouraged to think beyond how to perform to meet expectations, and engage in conversations with the instructors regarding appropriate learning goals and outcomes based on their discipline and year-level.

Applied Program Evaluation [FRAN*6210]

Over two semesters, students worked in pairs to conduct a program evaluation to meet the needs of a community partner. The instructor and CESI composed a list of partners for the students to choose from, and the students were coached (through guest lectures and class sessions) on how to do community-engaged work and interact with their community partners.

Applied Geomatics [GEOG*4480]

As a capstone course for several streams of geography students, students worked in small groups to contact community partners and organize projects that aligned with their interests and the course learning objectives. 

Global Environmental Change [GEOG*3020]

As a component of the class (20%), students worked in small groups to research secondary data from an assigned country to conduct a preliminary vulnerability assessment and mitigation strategy related to global environmental change. While +N6+B7

Program Evaluation [PSYC*6840]

Working in groups of 2 or 3, students worked with community partners to complete several components of a program evaluation depending on the needs of the partner. Some components included a program overview, exploratory assessment, logic model, evaluation questions and an evaluation framework.

Andrew Taylor also hosted a workshop to inform participating community organizations about program evaluation. Graduate students attended to provide specific support and suggestions after the general introductory session.

Community Engaged Scholarship [SOC*6400]

Throughout the course, graduate students develop knowledge, skills and values related to the principles and practices of community-engaged scholarship. Working with one community partner (varies each semester), they apply their knowledge to develop a product to solve a certain problem brought forward by the community partner.