Social Innovation meets Public Sector – Developmental Evaluation Guides Transformation by Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani (CE) & Ms Megan Börner

What does it mean to conduct evaluation processes and practices in the public sector in the 21st century? It means measuring and monitoring a moving target when complexity, adaptation, and innovation are the norm in providing programs and services to the changing realities of society. Processes of learning are foundational to developmental evaluation (DE) to support social innovation and program development.

The half-day workshop just before the conference begins, Learning Processes and Tools for Use in DE, April 30th, will provide an overview of the principles of developmental evaluation and introduce process learning tools that have been used by seasoned evaluators to guide the development, sustainability, and effectiveness of program intervention.

Learn more about how the principles of developmental evaluation facilitates social innovation in the public sector in Kuji-Shikatani, K., Gallagher, M. J., Franz, R., & Börner, M. (2016) “Leadership support for developmental evaluative thinking: The example of the Ontario Ministry of Education” in Patton, M. Q., McKegg, K., & Wehipeihana, N., Developmental evaluation exemplars: Principles in practice (pp. 252-270). New York, N.Y.: Guilford

Key words:

Developmental Evaluation, Social innovation, Complexity, Assessment, Intervention, Transformation, Public Sector


Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani (CE) and Ms Megan Börner are both internal evaluators in the Ontario Ministry of Education.