Developmental Evaluation

Developmental Evaluation

October 19 – November 29, 2020
Application Closed

Online Delivery 

Developmental Evaluation is an exciting new approach to evaluation that enables social innovators, policy and program managers, and community leaders to design, monitor and adapt social change initiatives in complex and uncertain environments.

Participants will be introduced to Developmental Evaluation (DE) through an interactive learning approach that models adult learning principles. Using asynchronous and synchronous learning modalities, participants will explore when, where and why to use a DE approach, the guiding principles and component elements of DE, and examine real world examples of DE in action, individually and in small groups.

During the course, participants will develop a DE framework to use in their own individual contexts. This component of the course will be an exercise in action learning, as participants work on the design and application of DE concepts, tools and processes, and share their experiences and reflections across the cohort. There will also be the opportunity for one-on-one support and coaching from the course facilitator.

This year’s course is designed primarily for promoters of change and innovation from across Nova Scotia and throughout Canada. International participants are welcome to apply, but should understand that the course content (i.e., presentations, readings and assignments) are oriented to the Canadian context and may be of uncertain relevance to those working in significantly different settings.

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University.

Technology Requirement 

  • Reliable internet access (high speed is recommended) 
  • Speakers and microphone 


Tuition Fees for the course will be $650. Coady Institute strives to ensure access that participants working with marginalized communities have access to its courses. This is made possible through the provision of bursaries that are funded by many individual and institutional donors. Those receiving a bursary will be responsible for paying the balance of $350 CAD before the designated deadline.

Full Bursaries of $650 are available from the Centre for Employment Innovation for eligible applicants from Nova Scotia. This includes applicants working for (or in a Board Director position in) a program or agency engaged in employment services delivery (priority is given to Nova Scotia Works centres) as well as those engaged in social innovation activities to alleviate poverty, strengthen livelihoods and create more equitable employment and entrepreneurial opportunities with and for systemically oppressed groups, including African Nova Scotians, People of African Descent, persons with disability, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, recent immigrants and racialized persons, and persons on Employment and Income Support Assistance.


Coady International Institute does not accept third party applications. Individuals need to submit their application via Coady’s website and should use caution when approached by those offering services to complete the application and admissions process.