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Episode 8: #Eval - The Twittering

Brush off your hashtags and practice condensing your thoughts to 140 characters (or is that 280 now?), as Carolyn and Brian are joined by fellow evaluation consultant Dana Wanzer to talk Twitter. We chat about how we’ve used the platform to build community, our stand-out moments on Twitter, and of course our favourite memes (#omgmqp for starters). Plus, can evaluation benefit from more cute animal pics? Spoiler alert: the answer is yes. Full show notes at...

Duration: 00:42:13

Episode 7: "Damn it, Jim, I'm an evaluator!" Lessons from the Trekiverse

Open hailing frequencies and get your warp engines online, it's our nerdiest episode yet! We're joined by Kylie Hutchinson, principal consultant for Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation, to talk about the lessons that evaluators can take from the Star Trek universe. From the Original Series to Voyager (no Discovery spoilers!), we share our favourite nerdy references and apply them to evaluation. Should we be battling the Borg? Embracing our inner Ferengi? Are evaluators more like Data...

Duration: 00:34:49

Episode 6: Let's Get Ethical!

Join Brian and Carolyn in welcoming our first podcast special guest, Don Flaming, Manager of ARECCI (A pRoject Ethics Community Consensus Initiative) for Alberta Innovates! In this episode, we delve into the BIG questions. Do we need REBs to be ethical? What's the difference between research and evaluation? What ethics "myths" can we bust? And will Carolyn and Brian make it through a whole episode without mentioning #OMGMPQ? Tune in and find out!

Duration: 00:32:27

Episode 5: Under Pressure - Evaluator Self-Care

Continuing on our October theme - what fears lie in the hearts of evaluators and how do we take the pressure off? Brian and Carolyn discuss the benefits of practicing mindfulness, saying no, and both connecting with and taking time away from other people. Start up the bubble bath and dig out your evaluator hat-crafting supplies, it’s time for some self-care! Show notes are available at

Duration: 00:26:57

Episode 4: (Don't Fear) The Evaluator

Grab your monster masks and a bag of candy, we're kicking off October with our scariest topic yet: the fear of evaluation! So what does evaluation have to do with quicksand and evil twins? How can evaluators be like the worst Batman ever? Will Brian and Carolyn manage to reference Michael Quinn Patton for a fourth episode in a row?? Tune in and find out! Show notes available at

Duration: 00:23:40

Episode 3: Resident Eval - Apocalypse

Brian and Carolyn fill their knapsacks with useful evaluation resources (physical and intangible) in this instalment of Eval Cafe. What evaluation tools would be useful in a post-apocalyptic society? How many evaluators could you fit on a desert island? Are drinking games a useful tool for professional development and skills assessment? The answers to these questions may be found in this episode! (or not) Show notes available at...

Duration: 00:26:39

Episode 2: Engage!

Brian and Carolyn get participatory! In this episode, we talk about the hows and whys of getting stakeholders engaged in the evaluation process. Questions include: Whose participation are we getting? How do we design for participation? Have either of us really done 'participatory evaluation'? Show notes available at:

Duration: 00:22:00

Episode 1: The Phantom Profession

Brian and Carolyn kick off our first evaluation podcast by exploring the apropos topic: how do we introduce ourselves as evaluators and explain what we do to others? We talk about the pains of being an invisible profession, share our successes, and discuss some interesting suggestions from the evaluation community about how to define ourselves… Evaluation scientists, anyone? Show notes available at

Duration: 00:19:01