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Eval Lab: Strategic Learning for Improved Decision-Making

  • September 13, 2023
  • (In-person) University of Alberta - ECHA, 4-036/4-036A & (online) Zoom
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Do you want to know more about how strategic learning can benefit your organization? Pieter de Vos will help you explore this topic over 21 instructional hours.

** PLEASE NOTE that this date is a PLACEHOLDER. This program has been POSTPONED, and a new date will be updated soon; in the meantime, a waitlist is in place. **

Nonprofits are facing increasing complexity and uncertainty in their operating environments, which has strained the adaptive capacity of many organizations. In this context, the ability to think strategically, to make sense of shifting conditions, and to assess what is working and not working is vital for resilience and adaptability.

Concepts such as “strategic learning” have emerged to integrate evaluative thinking into the work of nonprofits for improved learning and decision-making. But how does strategic learning work in practice, and how can it facilitate learning and adaptation in nonprofit organizations and collaboratives?

Over 21 instructional hours, Eval Lab participants will explore strategic learning (and related concepts) within a flexible co-learning environment, with opportunities to test them in your day-to-day work. This course takes a blended learning model, with registrants participating in online, pre-recorded learning and live sessions (over Zoom).

Pieter de Vos is a consultant, facilitator, and engaged academic. He has facilitated over 400 projects with community-based organizations in Canada and abroad. His assignments have ranged from leading strategy sessions with executive teams throughout the provincial government; to stewarding human-centred design labs to prototype social innovations; to leading large-scale public participation processes on topics such as the opioid epidemic, suicide prevention, human rights, and affordable housing. As a former community organizer, he believes in the power of citizens to create positive change.

Pieter has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alberta as well as a MSc in Public Health. His previous research focused on using narrative and visual methods to explore community understandings of home and belonging in an informal settlement in South Africa.

This session was made possible with the support of:

The virtual sessions will be recorded and may be used for further educational purposes. Participants will receive a copy of the recording.

For more information about Eval Lab, please visit


PLEASE NOTE - This session of Eval Lab has been postponed.

Session 1 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (In-person) University of Alberta - ECHA, 4-036/4-036A

Session 2, Session 3, Session 4, Session 5, Session 6, Session 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Zoom) 

Session 8 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (In-person) University of Alberta - ECHA, 4-036/4-036A

Registration deadline: TBD


  • ECVO Members  - $410
  • Group of 3 Team Members (ECVO Members) - $1,080 *Organizations who register three team members for this event receive a discount of $50 per participant!
  • Non-members - $590

Once you have registered with payment, your confirmation email will have the link to the pre-questionnaire survey you must complete before being entirely accepted into the program.

If you would like to arrange for an offline payment, please email us at

This may be eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant:

Tech requirements of participants: To participate fully on the online days, you will need a computer or tablet with a functioning webcam that will connect to Zoom. A working microphone and speakers are required.


Pieter de Vos has enriched his practice by using digital storytelling and arts-based methods to enhance dialogue and collective action on challenges such as homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and social justice. He has facilitated workshops using these methods in Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania, Pakistan, Haiti, and the USA. Outputs from his work can be found at


Cancellation by Registrant

A partial refund (50%) can be issued for cancellations made by TBD. After TBD, no refunds will be offered. To request a cancellation, please email with the subject line "Eval Lab."

Cancellation by Organizer

In the event of a cancellation of the event by the ECVO, registrants will be notified immediately via email and a full refund will be issued.


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