20 Years Later: Reflections on the CES Student Evaluation Case Competition

  • Christine Sheppard
  • Ashley Baker
  • Petra Lolic
  • Shilpa Soni
  • Bea Courtney
Keywords: case competition, evaluation teaching, novice evaluators, students

Abstract

Since 1996 the Canadian Evaluation Society has held a case competition for college and university students. By 2016, a total of 1,132 students had participated. An online questionnaire was sent to 768 participants with available email addresses; eight additional participants entered the study after viewing an online posting. The questionnaire was completed by 112 former participants (response rate: 14%). Findings suggested that participating in the case competition was a positive experience that led to an appreciation of evaluation, increased teamwork skills and provided stronger resumes. Some indicated that participating influenced their choice of evaluation as a focus for their career. 

Author Biographies

Christine Sheppard
Christine Sheppard, MSW, is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, specializing in aging, health and wellbeing. She was a finalist in the CES student evaluation case competition in 2014 and 2015, and the winner of the CESEF Student Excellence advancing Evaluation Knowledge (SEEK) award in 2015.
Ashley Baker
Ashley Baker, MASP, is a graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland where she completed her post-graduate studies in applied research and program evaluation. She is a former finalist in the CES student evaluation case competition in 2015. 
Petra Lolic
Petra Lolic is currently an Executive Coordinator at Doctors of BC. She has experience in health care evaluation, policy and strategy. She is driven by her interest in health system transformation. Petra obtained her Master's of Public Health from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She was part of UBC's winning CES student evaluation case competition team in 2014.
Shilpa Soni
Shilpa Soni, MSc, is a graduate from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She was a finalist in the CES student evaluation case competition in 2014 and 2015.
Bea Courtney
Bea Courtney, MBA, CE recently retired from a career in evaluation, program and policy development, and policy research in both the public and private sectors.   A long-time member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, she led the organization of the CES-CESEF Student Evaluation Case Competition over the past decade. She is a recipient of the CES awards for service to the society and contribution to evaluation in Canada.
Published
2019-05-24
Section
Practice Note- English