BC Partners Evaluation

Funding body

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority


This project involves facilitating the development and implementation of an evaluation process for the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information. In the past, we have introduced the BC Partners to responsive evaluation with its emphasis on understanding the phenomenological experiences of all stakeholders in an initiative in contrast to other common forms of evaluation grounded in positivist assumptions. This was laid out in an introductory paper (Introduction to Responsive Evaluation). The goal is to build capacity within BC Partners by developing evaluative thinking at all levels of governance and project planning, implementation, and assessment.

2021-2022 updates:

This year focused on implementing responsive evaluation in BC Partners projects. Several implementation guides, along with planning and reporting templates were prepared for partner agency use. With CISUR assistance, several programs/projects experienced significant success in their first forays into responsive evaluation and are keen to move ahead in using new planning and reporting templates. 2022-23 will focus on increasing evaluative thinking and capacity through ongoing practical support for partner agency program evaluations and 2023-24 planning efforts.

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