A free 10 week online certificate course about the main concepts,
approaches and practices relevant to conducting evaluation of youth sector programs and initiatives.

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Application Open
March 28, 2018

Application Deadline
April 16, 2018

Notification of Application Decision
April 21, 2018

Welcome Package with Comprehensive Certificate Outline
April 30, 2018

Welcome Webinar
May 3, 2018 | 12 Noon to 1PM

Certificate Start Date
May 4, 2018

Certificate End Date
July 12, 2018

Make-Up Weeks
New this spring! 3 weeks provided for those who may need extra time.
July 13-August 2, 2018

Notification of Eligibility for Certificate of Completion or Participation
August 17, 2018

We'd love to hear from you!
We'd love to hear from you!

I have learned SO MUCH about evaluation – every step of the way! I never thought I would be able to lead an evaluation of my program, but now I am confident that I could!

– Course Participant, 2017

We know that the Ontario youth sector is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people, providing them with the skills and resources they need to make positive contributions to their communities.

We also understand that youth programs sometimes struggle to understand how to measure these processes and outcomes and articulate the impact of their programs to their stakeholders – including parents, funders, and youth themselves.

In this certificate, participants will learn how to develop an evaluation plan, implement this plan and use the findings to improve their programs and share their impact.

The contents are very helpful…it will do a massive turnaround in the way we do things for the homeless youth we serve!

– Course Participant, 2017

The knowledge presented [in this certificate] was in-depth, useful, and made a big difference in my confidence as a youth worker! 

– Course Participant, 2017

Through involvement in this certificate, participants will:

  • Understand the current state of the Ontario youth sector related to youth wellbeing and program evaluation
  • Become familiar with common program evaluation concepts and ideas
  • Communicate appropriate uses of different types of evaluation approaches
  • Learn the processes and steps involved in program evaluation
  • Become familiar with the process of developing a logic model
  • Understand the importance of process, outcome, and impact evaluations
  • Understand the process of engaging significant stakeholders in evaluation
  • Become familiar with qualitative and quantitative research methods, and basic analyses used in conducting evaluations
  • Develop strategies to use evaluation findings to improve programs and services
  • Connect program evaluation to your own professional development

We recognize that youth sector workers are very busy! This certificate is structured in a way that is flexible and easy for you to complete. All course content is available to you at once so that you can work through the modules at your own pace.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from YouthREX, York University if they complete all four modules.

Those who complete individual modules and not the full certificate (all four modules) will receive a Certificate of Participation for the completed modules from YouthREX, York University.