Recipients of the 2021-2022 Graduate Scholarship Program

Recipient of the Universalia Charles Lusthaus Scholarship

Sarah Sousa

Sarah (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Sarah has worked as an applied researcher in the fields of addiction and mental health while pursuing her doctoral degree in health program evaluation and knowledge translation. Her work in program evaluation began in her Master of Science degree through her involvement in the CES Student Case Competition, involvement in CES conference and chapter activities and through the mentorship of CES fellows and evaluators throughout her academic career. In her role as a researcher in the non-profit sector, her evaluation knowledge was applied to building evaluation capacity in hospital-based settings and to leading various collaborative evaluation projects aimed at enhancing the addiction and mental health care systems.

Program Evaluation Graduate Studies Exploration

Sarah’s PhD studies focus on the processes of monitoring knowledge use and evaluating outcomes of knowledge translation (KT) activities. While working in the health research and evaluation field, she recognized that despite the increased interest and even requirements from funding agencies for the incorporation of KT components in research and evaluation designs, the evaluation of these KT processes and outcomes is not well studied. The goal of her research is to support organizations as well as researchers and evaluators with an evaluation framework and tool to help capture the extent to which knowledge is transferred to end-users and to understand what impacts the KT and evaluation reporting activities may have had on key outcomes.

Recipient of the CESEF Graduate Scholarship Program 

Malka Elkin

Malka (she/her) holds Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Crisis and Trauma Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and History. Motivated by a desire to use data to improve the impact of social services on vulnerable populations, she is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation at Carleton University. She has worked in the fields of youth mental health and immigrant settlement, first in the capacity of frontline worker, and now in data, research, and evaluation. She currently works as a Data and Evaluations Analyst at JIAS Toronto, where she brings an evaluative focus and a theory-based evaluation approach to the organization, which supports newcomers to Canada. She is passionate about supporting small to medium-sized non-profit organizations to adopt a data-driven, evidence-informed approach to program design and implementation.

Program Evaluation Graduate Studies Exploration

As part of her graduate diploma program, Malka is working on an evaluation project for a South Africa-based client, evaluating the relevance, effectiveness, and implementation of a university’s programs aimed at advancing the research careers of their women faculty members. Malka and her fellow team member will utilize a realist and mixed methods approach to collect data from women academics, department heads, and other significant partners at the university to understand strategies that have been employed to reach and engage the target population. They will also explore the extent to which the university is an enabling environment for women academics to advance in research. Additionally, the project will incorporate elements of GBA+ in its consideration of systemic barriers for academics of intersecting identities.

Recipients of the 2020-2021 Graduate Scholarship Program

Recipient of the Universalia Charles Lusthaus Scholarship

Andrew Hartman

Andrew (They/Them) is a proud queer, Métis, neurodiverse student, evaluator, leader, and agent of change. In their studies, Andrew is completing a PhD in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. With a strong passion for innovation and social action, Andrew adopts a collaborative approach to mobilize initiatives that transform access to care. This past year Andrew has pushed their work further by founding Psystem, a health, wellness, and evaluation firm that focuses on supporting communities that have historically faced barriers in society. The common thread throughout these projects is Andrew's commitment to placing human beings at the centre of their work.

Program Evaluation Graduate Studies Exploration

Andrew's PhD studies in Applied Social Psychology (ASP) have provided them with a strong foundation in evaluation. The ASP program is providing Andrew with worldly experiences and training in applied research design, evaluation theory, community-led research, and various research methods. Andrew's dissertation seeks to understand the psychological processes of shame and disenfranchised grief in 2SLGBTQ+ survivors of gender-based violence. Throughout their studies Andrew has completed evaluation projects on addressing 2SLGBTQ+ experiences of gender-based violence when accessing supports and services, COVID-19 emergency responses, and their newest project, supporting The Enchanté Network’s (TEN) in surveying and mapping queer organizations from across Canada: geographic location, capacity, programs, gaps, and needs from across Canada through utilizing an environmental scan and digital survey. The TEN project is the first digital mapping project of its kind in Canada.

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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