Learn Evaluation in Education: Knowledge Dissemination (Part Four)

Published on May 23rd, 2017 | from CAMH Education

Evaluation in Education: Knowledge Dissemination (Part Four)

By Megha Bhavsar, Evaluation Co-ordinator, CAMH Education

This post is the last post in a four-part series looking back at the Evaluation team’s year. In this final post, we cover knowledge dissemination—how the Evaluation team has shared their methodologies and lessons learned.

In June 2016, CAMH’s Evaluation team presented two posters at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s annual conference. The posters presented were:

  • Innovation evaluation methodology: Using simulation for curriculum improvement (also presented at the SimOne conference)
  • Overcoming challenges in participant engagement in program evaluation: A case study.
Innovation evaluation methodology

Innovation evaluation methodology

The former of the two won the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Best Poster Session prize. The details of this poster are highlighted in this post. The latter poster examines evaluation challenges using the Customer Service and De-escalation trainings as a case study. Both posters highlight the important work the Evaluation team has been involved in with partners internally and externally.

Overcoming challenges in participant engagement in program evaluation

Overcoming challenges in participant engagement in program evaluation

The Evaluation team has also been participating in Education’s “Lightning Rounds,” hosted by Sophie Soklaridis, Interim Director, Education Research. These are a spontaneous form of education lunch’n’learn sessions. In October, we shared and obtained feedback for the next phase of the Electroconvulsive Therapy training day for psychiatry residents. In November, we  presented “Communication Strategies for Evaluation Results.”  Both used examples from their current evaluation work at CAMH to situate evaluation methodologies and communication in evaluation.

We also presented two posters at the Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA)’s Annual Conference in October:

  • The Medical Psychiatry Collaborative Care Certificate program: Findings from an education needs assessment with healthcare providers
  • Innovative simulation training for healthcare professionals examining medical-psychiatry health care issues among children and youth (also presented at Donald Wasylenki Day, February 2017).

These posters showed the critical work that the Evaluation and Simulation teams are contributing to the MPA.

The CAMH Teaching Network, inclusive of Evaluation team members, conducted a project looking at a phased pilot motivational interviewing program and presented a poster at the University of Toronto’s Donald Wasylenki Day titled: Motivational interviewing training and support for clinical staff in an inpatient mental health setting: An implementation science approach to inform intervention design.

Motivational interviewing training and support for clinical staff in an inpatient mental health setting

Motivational interviewing training and support for clinical staff in an inpatient mental health setting

The development of our posters could not have been possible without collaboration with our Education editors and designers. We are grateful for our partnerships both internal and external to CAMH and the support of our department in recognizing the importance of evaluation in program planning and decision-making.

We are looking forward to sharing more of our work in 2017–2018! Already, we know that in the upcoming year, we will be presenting on some of our current projects through several posters, presentations and workshops at upcoming evaluation and medical education conferences.

We also aim to keep you updated with our work through the CAMH Education blog. Stay tuned!

If you are interested in learning more about evaluation, please reach out to Erica McDiarmid (Manger, Evaluation) at erica.mcdiarmid@camh.ca.


Read the rest of this series:

Evaluation in Education: A year in review (Part One)

Evaluation in Education: A year in review (Part Two)

Evaluation in Education: Building capacity (Part Three)

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