Using the 2011 Program Evaluation Standards to Improve Evaluation Quality (H2)

This workshop has been cancelled.


The 2011 Program Evaluation Standards provide a comprehensive and valuable guide for conducting high-quality evaluations. The facilitators used these standards to guide their meta-evaluation of McGill University’s undergraduate physicianship program. In this workshop, they will: 1) summarize the 2011 standards and their evaluation studies of McGill’s undergraduate medical program, 2) show how they used the standards to guide a retrospective meta-evaluation, and 3) present a matrix of gaps, weaknesses, tensions and suggestions for improvements.

Based on their experience, the facilitators feel the standards have an important role to play in improving the quality of evaluation practice, not only in medical education, but in educational and training programs generally.


Valerie Ruhe and Don Boudreau

Dr. Valerie Ruhe has a PhD with a focus on program evaluation from UBC. Her book “Evaluation in distance education and e-learning: The unfolding model”; was published by Guilford Press. She has published in The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Medical Teacher, Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, and The International Journal of Testing. Valerie is currently writing job competencies for acupuncture to guide teaching, learning and assessment in colleges across the United States.

Don Boudreau is the Director, Office of Curriculum Development, Faculty of Medicine, at McGill University.

Workshop Level



Basic knowledge of program evaluation; some experience conducting evaluations; knowledge of statistics not required.

Date and time

Sunday, June 15, 2014
9:00 am to noon

Alignment with CE Designation Competencies

  • Applies professional evaluation standards
  • Shares evaluation expertise
  • Defines work parameters, plans and agreements