Recipients of the 2019-2020 Graduate Scholarship Program

Recipient of the Universalia Charles Lusthaus Scholarship

Deanne Donohue

Deanne holds a Master’s degree in Sport Pedagogy, a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics. Currently, she is completing a Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation at the University of Ottawa. Deanne has worked in the fields of health and physical activity education and promotion. She took an absence from a career to home educate her four children. In addition to spending time with her family, Deanne is passionate about playing tennis, hiking, snowshoeing and has a growing interest in wildlife photography.

Program Evaluation Graduate Studies Exploration

In her first year of Program Evaluation studies, Deanne gained experience conducting a comprehensive, mixed methods program evaluation for an Ottawa-based health services agency for adults who had acquired brain injuries. Deanne will continue working with this agency exploring how on-line program delivery during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown has affected clients, and help guide the development of a virtual and in-person program delivery model. In addition, Deanne will be exploring the effectiveness of a combination of on-line and in-person qualitative and quantitative data collection methods in program evaluation in order to guide program development.

Recipient of the CESEF Graduate Scholarship Program 

Steven Lam

Steven (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. His interest in evaluation and global health was motivated by his desire to improve the impact of programs on environmental sustainability and social equity. He is also an independent evaluator with professional experience in agriculture, food security, climate change, and international development fields. Drawing on theory-driven, feminist, and developmental approaches to evaluation, he supports organizations in learning from and adapting their programs.

Program Evaluation Graduate Studies Exploration

As the environment in which programs are situated in changes, evaluations must also change. Steven’s dissertation explores how evaluation research and practice might adapt in response to the climate crisis. To do so, he draws on the case of food security programming where climate change impacts are especially visible. His goal is to develop approaches for integrating environmental sustainability and social equity into evaluation, such that evaluation can continue supporting the needs and priorities of programs and people under a changing climate.







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