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Training and workshops

Upcoming training and information sessions

We regularly offer training and educational workshops. These resources are open to UNB faculty and students, government employees and researchers from other organizations. We offer training in various research methods, software tools and analytic approaches, such as cost-benefit analysis and program evaluation.

Presentations archive

May 21 to 23, 2019

The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training and the New Brunswick Research Network to Facilitate the Creation of Knowledge in Strategic Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) are pleased to announce they will be hosting an Evaluation Workshop, facilitated by Marla Steinberg.


Marla Steinberg is a professional evaluator living and working in Vancouver British Columbia. She has a PhD in social and community psychology from York University and is recognized as a credentialed evaluator by the Canadian Evaluation Society. For over twenty-five years she has been helping funders, foundations, governments, community-based organizations, health service organizations and practitioners measure their impact and find ways to improve their programming.

May 23, 2019

This workshop will help you create logic models that will work for you. Going beyond what is usually offered in an introductory evaluation course, this workshop is for learners who want to maximize the value of logic models. By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Explain what a logic model is and describe why they are useful in planning and evaluation.
  • List the main components of a logic model
  • Use logic models tips and best practices to prepare a logic model for a program, project, service or initiative.
  • Assess a logic model and offer constructive feedback
  • Use logic models to develop monitoring and/or evaluation questions

This workshop is for learners with prior knowledge or experience in evaluation. Coming to the workshop with aspecific program evaluation in mind is highly recommended.

May 23, 2019

This workshop will show you how to develop good indicators and use them to create data collection tools. Prior knowledge of evaluation is required but this workshop is for novice evaluators. By the end of the workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the use of indicators in evaluations
  • Create relevant and useful indicators (SMART indicators)
  • List ways of involving stakeholders in selecting indicators
  • Select data collection methods appropriate for identified indicators
  • Develop data collection tools to gather data on indicators

To maximize learning in this workshop, participants should have a program evaluation in mind and have already developed the main evaluation questions.

May 21 and 22, 2019

This workshop is for people who need to plan an evaluation but don’t know where to start. No prior knowledge of evaluation is required. The two-day workshop will lead learners through a step-wise process for collaboratively developing evaluations with stakeholders. By the end of the workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the value of participatory evaluation planning.
  • List the steps in planning and conducting an evaluation.
  • List the purposes, types and approaches to evaluation.
  • Produce a program logic model.
  • Select evaluation questions.
  • Appraise indicators.
  • Describe successful communication, engagement and reporting strategies, and
  • Choose different ways to engage stakeholders in evaluation planning

To fully benefit from this hands-on experiential workshop, participants should think of a program that they want to evaluate and come prepared to develop their evaluation plan!

Hazen Hall UNB Saint John | May 1 2018

May 1

There are hundreds of datasets available at the federal level related to health, vital statistics, physical activity, nutrition and food security, consumer finances, child health, health promotion, labour force, literacy skills and more. Come hear from the researchers and analysts that are using these data to better understand the issues facing our province and country and participate in a discussion about how you could use this data to advance your own work.

Presenters and panelists include:

  • Dan Crouse, Research Associate, UNB
  • Kyle Rogers, Data Analyst, NB-IRDT
  • Sarah Campbell, Research Manager, NB Social Pediatrics

With special guests:

  • Barry Watson, Associate Professor of Economics, UNB
  • Ian Watson, Administrative Director, NB Trauma
  • James French, Clinical Lead, Trauma Research and Simulation
  • Jennifer Moorcraft, Partnership Liaison, NB-IRDT

Wu Centre UNB Fredericton | March 19 2019

The Public Innovation Challenge (P.I.C.) is a 10-week public policy case competition and professional development opportunity. Civil servants and students can enter and be selected to be a part of a cross-departmental team comprised of other GNB Staff and university/college students. The teams are assigned to an issue nominated by a project sponsor.

At the end of the 10 weeks, each team will present recommendations to a panel of judges. Winners of the P.I.C. may have the opportunity to work full time on their project for up to 6-months with the Open Government & Innovation Incubator Program.

NB-IRDT researchers, staff and affiliated researchers spent a half day working with P.I.C. participants to consider important aspects of conception, approach, implementation, evaluation, and knowledge transfer for their research topics.

Wu Centre UNB Fredericton | February 15 2019

At the third annual Partnership Open House, NB-IRDT was able to:

  • demonstrate research capabilities in new areas,
  • highlight the recent opening of NB-IRDT’s satellite sites in Saint John and Moncton
  • highlight the recent and forthcoming training
  • provide an update of new data partnerships and advancements with potential data partners