Evaluation Support Program

A community service may help people with brain disordersbut what are the factors that make it work?

Finding the secrets to success can improve community services.

To help improve services for people with brain disorders, OBI has created the Evaluation Support Program. The program links Ontario-based, not-for-profit organizations with evaluation specialists. Together, they develop and implement a plan to evaluate the delivery of one of the organization’s brain-related services, programs or activities.

Just as evidence informs clinical practice, we are fostering the use of evidence to inform how community services are run. This will allow organizations to track the key ingredients of their successesthis way, successes can be replicated and services can be improved to maximize the benefit that people receive from them.

The Evaluation Support Program was created with the purpose of building a culture of evaluative thinking, striving to produce continued evidence-based improvements of community services.

Program Design

Phase 1: Evaluation Planning

In this phase, applicants explore what evaluation questions need to be addressed before designing a roadmap for the future. Applicants attend workshops and work with the evaluation specialists to build a framework, survey related evaluations that have been done before, analyze their current capacity and services, set goals and lay the groundwork for successful program evaluation.

Phase 2: Evaluation “Doing”

This phase turns planning into action. OBI and the evaluation specialists provide support to the not-for-profits in carrying out a meaningful evaluation. The evaluation specialists help applicants collect and analyze information that will shape their program and demonstrate its impact.

Learn About the Evaluation Projects of the 2015 Competition

South West Alzheimer Society Alliance – 6 chapters within the southwest Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

Is it important to standardize support services? What if different populations have different needs?

This evaluation seeks to understand how existing core support services (First Link Learning Series, Individual Support, Support Groups) in six South West Alzheimer Societies are being implemented and the impact that these core services have on their clients (people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their caregivers). The evaluation will provide concrete recommendations for the improvement of these core support services both in southwestern Ontario and provincially.

Dancing with Parkinson's

Can dance be an effective therapy for Parkinson’s disease?

Dancing With Parkinson’s creates and delivers an artistic movement intervention to positively affect the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with Parkinson's disease. Through evaluation, they will demonstrate the efficacy and impact of this weekly dance program for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Epilepsy Support Centre

How can Game On help children with neurological conditions develop physical literacy skills?

The Epilepsy Support Centre is evaluating Game On, a 5-week program that helps children with neurological conditions develop their physical literacy skills. They want to understand the current intervention techniques being used in Game On and find out how participating children, parents, and youth volunteers are impacted by the program. The goal of this evaluation is to identify tools to best measure the impacts of the program, and to share best practices of Game On across Ontario.

Epilepsy Toronto

Which counseling services are most beneficial?

Epilepsy Toronto is developing an evaluation plan of the agency’s counseling services for people with epilepsy. Counseling services are provided in-person to individuals, families, and groups, and, on occasion, by phone to those for whom travel may be prohibitive.


How do you integrate an app designed for people with dementia into their care?

Suvien is an app for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia that displays their photos and memories, which are uploaded by family members and caregivers.  An important part of Suvien’s development is evaluating how to deploy the app to those who would benefit from it. The app’s successful integration into the care of those with dementia will depend on understanding its benefits to this population and partnering with other institutions.

Evaluation Specialists

Centre for Community Based Research

The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) is a pioneer in community-based research in Canada. The centre is an independent, not-for-profit, social research organization with over 30 years of experience conducting 380 applied research and evaluation projects. Community-based research is an approach that is well suited to enable groups and to inform policy in developing relevant and innovative solutions that address pressing health, social and environmental issues.

Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions

The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at St. Michael’s Hospital develops and implements the methodology needed to evaluate health interventions. The Centre aims to be a centre of excellence in evaluation by addressing gaps in evaluation capacity in Canada and internationally. The Centre seeks to develop new methodology that will help with continuous improvement in complex community and global health settings.


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