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Workshop Series: Gender Equity in Recreational Sport – Part 4: Evaluating Outcomes Using the Best Questions and Data



Event Date(s) : December 8, 2021
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Contact Person : Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

The importance of supporting our community members to pursue recreational activities has never been clearer than it is right now! The pandemic has taken its toll on every Canadian. However, it has disproportionately affected vulnerable groups, including women, girls, and gender diverse people.

As we look for ways to enhance the physical, mental and social well-being of these groups, recreation can play an important role. CPRA is presenting four FREE workshops, each on a different aspect of gender equity and recreation facility use and design, as part of the suite of CPRA resources focused on gender equity in recreational sport.

The series strives to build organizational capacity in four areas: organizational culture change and shared commitment, creative community engagement, facility design to attract and encourage use, and evaluating outcomes.

These interactive Zoom sessions are based on research to determine the topics of greatest interest to recreation practitioners and an understanding of the current situation in Canada. The workshops will include:

  • Overall facilitation by a renowned Canadian expert.
  • Content based on research and input from recreation practitioners.
  • Success stories and examples to bring the topic to life.
  • A focus on addressing women and gender diverse individuals in a variety of leadership roles, and measures of success for each topic.
  • Pre-workshop materials to prepare participants for the group session on each specific workshop topic.
  • Discussion among participants and questions for the experts.

Each workshop will host up to 40 people to provide an interactive learning experience. Sign up for one or all of the sessions. A waitlist will be available once all sessions are filled.
Who should attend?

  • Recreation practitioners from organizations such as municipal recreation departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, YM/YWCAs or private recreational sport facilities.
  • Representatives from organizations that make or influence decisions regarding:
    • The allocation of program space.
    • Design features of a recreational sport facility, both inside and outside.
    • Staff and volunteer recruitment.
    • Program development and promotion.
    • Organizational policies.

What else do you need to know?

  • It is recommended that each interested organization complete the “Temperature Check” self- assessment tool in advance of registering for one or more workshops to help determine where their current capacity in gender equity lies.
  • If more than one person from your organization would like to attend, we encourage you to register as an organization and attend the training as a team to ensure for the greatest number of organizations to attend.
  • Workshops will take place in English with slide presentations available in French. Bilingual workshops are planned for the new year.
  • Prior to the workshop, you will receive a package of information including some pre-workshop questions to complete. Your responses will help us customize the session to participants as much as possible.

The CPRA Gender Equity project is supported by Sport Canada to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035 (Government of Canada, Budget 2018). This project is designed to increase the recruitment and retention of women, girls and gender diverse individuals in recreation and sport.

Facilitator: Nancy Dubois
Gathering and understanding the results of your efforts to address gender equity in your recreational sport organization and sharing these findings in the most appropriate way(s) with stakeholders is fundamental to sound program planning. This workshop will focus on OUTCOME evaluation in general with specific application to gender equity initiatives and understanding the impact of this work. A six-step framework to evaluation will be accompanied by practical worksheets and relevant gender equity examples shared. Discussion among participants and questions will be encouraged.

About Nancy Dubois

Nancy was an award-winning physical activity promoter for 35 years and a Planning and Evaluation Consultant for over 20 years, most often with clients in the public health, recreation and not-for-profit sectors. She has trained hundreds of professionals in evaluation through her work with the (former) Health Communication Unit at the University of Toronto and has conducted evaluations for organizations across Canada, often in conjunction with their program and/or strategic planning. Nancy has been one of the Lead Consultants for this CPRA Gender Equity project.