Program Evaluator PC- Summer Institute


Practical Application of Evaluation Design and Methods.


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The Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) at York University in Canada is now offering its Program Evaluator Professional Certificate in the summer for local and international individuals responsible for evaluating and/or making decisions around programs, policies and services focused on (1) building healthy lives, communities and environments and/or (2) reaching UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program is offered fully online, using a hybrid format of self-directed learning, live webinars, and an action learning project with individual mentorship.

Combine academic and leisure in one of the most livable and competitive cities in the world according to various international rankings.

Program details

  • Delivery Mode/Location:  In-Person at York University Keele Campus, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada (Please read below York University's statement for anyone attending programs on-campus)
  • Program components: in-person lessons, self-directed content, Action Learning Project, presentation PLUS mentorship.
  • Session Dates:
    • (*) Summer Session 2023
      • In-Person: August 7, 8 & 9, 2023 (9:00am-4:00pm EDT);
      • Mentoring: August, 10, 2023 (to be assigned)
      • Action Learning Project (self-directed): August 11-15 2023; AND
      • ALP Presentations: August 12, 2022.
  • Break-days in between sessions (ideal for learners to plan and schedule activities or excursions)
  • Price: CAD$1,500 plus 13%HST                                                                                       The fees are per person and includes all materials, instruction and Action Learning Project. Price does not include travel, accommodation, refreshments, parking fees or excursions fees.
  • Who Should Take This Program:If you are involved in program planning or delivery or if you seek to work in this area, this skill set will be an excellent addition to your role and resume.  Individuals who may benefit from this program are transitioning into a role with more decision-making responsibilities or want to learn how to improve work within a team. Examples include: Individuals looking to acquire the skills needed to transition into evaluation or related job roles within health and social services in Canada or abroad. (e.g. new graduates)
  • Entry Requirements:Bachelors Degree in health or social sciences, arts, sciences, management or similar with at least 1 year of experience in any of the following areas:
    • Program or project management, administration, researcher, policy or decision support specialist/analyst, or individuals working in quality improvement; individuals working within equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI); communications and development; grants and reporting.

Please note: you could have gained this experience through you degree or volunteering/ professional experience ( this last one can come from any industry too).

  • Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements
  • Certificate: You will earn a Professional Certificate from York University upon successful completion of this program. This includes attending all program modules and receiving a satisfactory assessment of your action learning project.A  Professional Certificate highlights a skill group related to an area of professional expertise. Professional certificates awarded by the Health Leadership and Learning Network do not include any academic credits and cannot be applied towards a degree program.
  • Digital Credential: You also have the opportunity to earn a digital credential, which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, digital c.v., and social media to represent your new skills and competencies .
  • Program Changes: We will make every effort to present the program as advertised but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers, or content with little or no notice. Fees, dates, locations, speakers, and content are subject to change. Note: All programs are offered as non-degree and non-credit. York University does not issue a transcript for these programs.
  • Before registering, please ensure you have read and understand our Course Policy and Disclaimer.

For all our students attending our programs in-person at York University's campus, please read the following information carefully

The University established its COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Policy (“the Policy”) pursuant to the Instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued on August 30, 2021, and the recommendations of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health. The University is statutorily required to ensure compliance with the Policy.  Those participating in HLLN programs are considered “Guests” as per the Policy.  As such, we would like to draw your attention to the following COVID-19 Protocol for Health and Safety Information for Non-Contractor Guests on York Campuses.  We share a collective responsibility for and commitment to one another’s health and safety, and ask all HLLN learners to regularly visit YU Better Together for the most current information.

If you are traveling to attend the International Summer Institute, please read the following information carefully

You are expected to:

  • Make their own travel arrangements (flights, accommodation excursions, etc.) after your registration has been confirmed by the Health Leadership & Learning Network.
  • Arrange activities for break days or the weekends prior or after the program through our preferred tour company.
  • Review and confirm all cancellation and refund policies from your service suppliers (e.g. travel or excursion agencies, accommodation, etc).

For International Applicants:  

  • Apply for visa (if required) Visa arrangements are at your own responsibility. HLLN does not provide letter of support for visa applications. *Please note learners who may not need a visa,  may still need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for more information please visit The Government of Canada's official website.
  • Review The Government of Canada's official website for information about  COVID- travel, testing, border for anyone traveling to Canada
  • Get a Health Insurance to cover your entire stay in Canada.

Program Overview

Please note the Program Evaluator Professional Certificate is also offered throughout the year, if you wish to register to non-summer dates please click here.

How do you know if the program you administer is achieving objectives, or if it needs some fine-tuning to succeed? Today, more than ever, program evaluation skills are in demand for continuous program improvements and to meet accountability requirements to funders across the globe.

This program is designed for individuals responsible for evaluating and/or making decisions around programs, policies and services focused on (1) building healthy lives, communities and environments and/or (2) reaching UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program is offered fully online, using a hybrid format of self-directed learning, live webinars, and an action learning project with individual mentorship.

How You Will Benefit:

This practical and applied training will provide the workplace knowledge and skills needed to assess, develop and implement a program evaluation plan.  The focus is on providing an overview of the tools and methods required to monitor and evaluate programs, with an emphasis on how to conduct evaluations that are practical and useful in the field.

You will engage with your peers to learn about the need and utility of applying a program evaluation framework to review, improve or provide justification for a program you may be engaged in or are planning to introduce. Using the Center for Disease Control Framework as an example, you will prepare an Action Learning Project, this is a program evaluation proposal that addresses the content of the program, the stakeholders involved and identify a design and data collection methods to evaluate its efficacy.  You may bring ideas from your own workplace or work on projects provided by the Health Leadership and Learning Network.

A  Professional Certificate highlights a skill group related to an area of professional expertise. Professional certificates awarded by the Health Leadership and Learning Network do not include any academic credits and cannot be applied towards a degree program.

You have the opportunity to earn at the end of the program, on successful completion of all mandatory requirements:

What You Will Learn:

By the end of the program, you will be able to apply program evaluation competencies to demonstrate program effectiveness or efficiency, and/or to make recommendations for quality improvement and accountability. These competencies include the ability to:

  • Choose a model to evaluate a program
  • Identify and describe the steps involved in program evaluation planning
  • Choose a research design and data collection strategy to evaluate the program
  • Disseminate results to change programming as required.
  • Develop and present a program evaluation plan

Note: This program does not cover data input and analysis but focuses on the evaluation design, interpretation and communication of data. If you need to gain competencies in statistics and data analysis, you may wish to explore SAS, SPSS, R courses offered through the Statistical Consulting Service (SCS) at York University or through Coursera. Contact us if you are unsure if you need to take a statistics or data analysis program.

Program Content

Module 1: Introduction to Program Evaluation

  • Why is program evaluation useful/needed?
  • Approaches and frameworks used in program evaluation

Module 2: Evaluation Research

  • How to design an evaluation approach – includes data collection, ethics
  • Choosing between surveys and focus groups – how to do them
  • Analysing and interpreting your results

Module 3: Action Learning Project -  Your Program Evaluation Plan

  • Who are your stakeholders? What is the content and objective of your program?
  • Building a plan for review
  • Presenting your program evaluation plan proposal
  • Individual mentoring session to discuss your ideas and progress (~1 hour each to be scheduled)
  • Project work and presentation of your program evaluation plan proposal
  • Individual Assessment - Program evaluation plans will be assessed on a pass/fail basis for demonstration of program evaluation competencies.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to earn digital credentials if they pass the assessment


Lesley Beagrie - BScN, U of T; MScN – U of T; PhD 

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Professor Emeritus, Nursing, Faculty of Health at York University, where she was directly engaged in the new Global Health undergraduate program. Her career has involved significant contributions to program development in administrative positions in 4 universities, directing, implementing and evaluating nursing curricula. She is the founding director of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing (2000-2004), Director of the York School of Nursing, 2004-2009; Associate Dean, Community and International programs (2009 – 2014) Master of Stong College (2014-15). She was Chair of the York University Senate(2016-18), and Co-chair of the pan-university Mental Health Steering committee, providing oversight and implementation of an integrated mental health strategy for the university, addressing staff, faculty and student well-being. She has been a member of key provincial, national and international associations including leadership positions in interprofessional groups addressing team approaches to wellness.

Her research and experience related to quality program delivery, evaluation and accreditation positions her well to question, analyze and review strategies related to risk management and appropriate oversight to insure desirable outcomes. Her program evaluation experience has been applied to the review of several academic programs within the Faculty of Health. Now retired, she is presently a member of the Board of Directors for Peterborough Regional Health Center.

Certificate/Digital Credential

Certificate of Completion & Digital Credentials

Certificates of completion and digital credentials are issued approximately two to three weeks after the end of the program, as long as you have :

  • Attended all sessions
  • Completed and passed all assignments and assessments, as they might be assigned during the program...

Please note, you must complete and submit your assignments and assessments before the program end date.

For more information, please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.

Accommodation & Excursions

Toronto offers a wide range of accommodation and activities during your visit.

Commuting from downtown Toronto is easy and direct. York University, Keele Campus is a step on the subways line.

Please note the International Summer Institute fees does not include travel, accommodation or excursions fees. Learners are expected to make their own their travel arrangements, after HLLN team has confirmed their registration.


York University, Keele Campus offers short-term on-campus accommodation:

Guest Apartments on Campus            (bfriendly accommodation) The Guest Apartments include:

  • Fully furnished
  • Private kitchen and washroom
  • Bed linens, towels, cookware and dishes.
  • Apartments contain a television with basic cable and personal phone lines with phones provided. (The telephone service in every apartment features local calls at no charge and requires calling cards to be used for long distance calls. Internet is not available).
  •  Weekly housekeeping services
  • Internet is not available.



Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus The Executive Learning Centre features:

  • 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
  • Complimentary high speed internet access and executive continental breakfast
  • In room coffee/tea maker
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel Standard Accommodation is administered through the Executive Centre at the Schulich School of Business

Book on-line:  

Call reservations at:  +1 416.650.8300



If you prefer to stay in the Toronto downtown area (GTA), there are several hotels to choose from (York University does not endorse any hotel).

Travel distance from GTA to York University Keele Campus by subway is 40 minutes approx and by car 25-30 minutes approx.

Activities and Excursions

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) features activities for every interest from professional sports like tennis (e.g. Rogers Cup) to a bustling theatre or cinema scene (inc. Toronto Film Festival); LGBTQ pride to innovative medical research; and much more. Cosmopolitan gems like Chinatown, Little Italy, Kensington Market blend in with the natural beauty of Toronto Island, etc.

a person paddling on a board on a lake in Ontario during the summer kayaking at toronto islands a lone kayaker at toronto islands

There are several sites and cities one can visit during your break days or weekend prior or after your program (York University does not endorse any tour company).

Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaOttawa Ontario Niagara Falls, Ontario, CanadaNiagara falls ontario
Lake Ontario, Canadalake ontario in the fall Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, CanadaAlgonquin park in Ontario
 Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec, CanadaQuebec City in Quebec Canada New York City, USANew York City, USA

For further information please check with you preferred tour company or contact: ISX Canada

Please visit:                                                                                       

Call: + 1 416.920.997