Developmental Evaluation for Social Impact

Developmental Evaluation for Social Impact

On campus class cancelled for 2020. Check back for our online offerings.

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.

This year’s course is designed primarily for promoters of change and innovation from across Nova Scotia and throughout Canada.  Participants will be introduced to Developmental Evaluation (DE) through a blended learning approach, with Week #1 in the classroom on the campus of St Francis Xavier University. In class, 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.  During this week, participants will develop a DE framework to use in their own individual contexts.

For Weeks #2 through #4, participants will be back home in their community, program and workplace.  This online 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.

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

Course Fees:

Tuition:  $1,600
University Accommodation and Meals (for the week in residence):   $650.

Full Bursaries of $2,250 towards costs 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, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disability.


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.