Evaluating Genomic Science: A Conversation with Dr. Samantha Evans, Director of Evaluation, Genome Canada

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How will you measure up? The benefits and impacts of genomics research can be difficult to identify and celebrate.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 21st, for a dialogue on demonstrating the impact of current and future Genome Canada research projects. This conversation will clarify evaluation expectations and terminology (including benefits to Canada), explore case studies and effective practices, and advance the ability of genomic researchers and stakeholders to demonstrate impact. The session draws together a few perspectives: Genome Canada’s and Genome BC’s institutional perspective, practical approaches to performance measurement, and exploring participants’ perspectives on the challenges faced within projects to meet the diverse range of funders needs.

The overarching goal is to enhance alignment between partners, stakeholders and funders on desired outcomes from Genome research projects.

Who should attend?

Research project team members that have been funded, or wish to be involved with Genome Canada in the future. We encourage individuals with an interest in evaluation practices for future funding success to attend.


 9:00am-10:00am Keynote Dr. Samantha Evans, Director of Evaluation, Genome Canada
 10:00am-10:15am Coffee Break
 10:15am-11:15pm Round Table Discussion – Facilitated by Denise Withers
 11:15pm-12:15pm  Lunch

Sam EvansAbout Dr. Samantha Evans, Director of Evaluation, Genome Canada

Dr. Evans is responsible for the development, implementation and promotion of Genome Canada’s performance management and evaluation function. This role includes the implementation of effective policies, guidelines and standards for the on-going analysis and evaluation of the performance of Genome Canada’s programs and activities and reporting on Genome Canada’s progress in meeting its mandate and strategic objectives.

Dr. Evans has eleven years of experience in a variety of applied research and evaluation projects. She has gained a strong research background with expertise in program, process and organizational research utilizing mixed methods. Dr.Evans has participated in a number of evaluations, organizational and performance reviews, and related assignments in diverse fields such as, audit, bankruptcy, consultation, charities and regulation, science and technology, funding agencies, environment, forestry, fisheries, agriculture; energy.

Dr. Evans is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and a Director on the Board of the NCC chapter of the CES. She has a BA (Anthropology and Business Management), and a PhD (Organizational Behavior). Website –  Email


DeniseAbout Denise Withers, Narrative Strategist, Founder at Lumose Narrative Design

Denise Withers is a change consultant who designs stories and strategies that mobilize people and ideas to advance research, innovation and performance.  She draws on thirty years experience working across sectors as an award-winning journalist, educator and facilitator to inform decision-making and inspire action. Past national media projects include one of the first documentaries on agbiotech in Saskatoon, multiple TV series on space with NASA, ESA and CSA, a science news series on Environment Canada and a national science feature on Arctic ecosystem research by DFO.  She recently spent three years at the Sauder School of Business, designing their evaluation strategy for accreditation and co-founding Canada’s first strategic design studio.  In addition to her practical experience, she holds an MSc in Interactive Arts & Technology and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education. An engaging speaker and writer, Denise contributes regularly to Stanford Social Innovation Review (online edition), is a Member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and provides narrative leadership for several not-for-profits. Website


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