Laurie Ringaert (BSc., BMR-OT, MSc-Community Health Sci) has been involved in program and initiative evaluation, social sciences research & strategic planning for over 25 years. She has a background in occupational therapy and community health sciences. Laurie is a community-based researcher and developmental evaluator and brings various creative methods of evaluation to meet the needs of the client and the project. She brings expertise in theory of change, systems thinking and understanding complexity to the evaluation. Laurie has recently been named a Champion of the Common Approach to Impact Measurement. Laurie also brings understanding of evaluation of Networks and serves as the co-strategic facilitator and evaluator of a collective impact network. She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Association and the International Association of Facilitators. She has experience working with a variety of sectors: healthcare, public health, environment, Indigenous, First Nations, disability, aging, local governments, education, International, women, newcomers, healthy foods/active living, etc.
Laurie brings extensive experience in social research methods including surveys, interviews and focus groups. She also brings extensive knowledge on creating strategic learning environments, strategic leadership & capacity building. She brings excellent collaboration, facilitation and planning skills to help bring together various levels and types of stakeholders to partner on evaluation and establish mid-to long range strategic planning and policy development.
CWC is a partner with SoPact Impact Cloud Platform which helps organizations to pull together multi-site, multi-sector, qualitative and quantitative data into usable real-time reports. We can assist you with incorporating this platform into your future projects.
Approach to impact evaluation: Laurie believes ‘impact’ means different things to different people – but one key element for her is taking the time to step back and consider what the impact COULD BE, rather than assuming what the impact SHOULD BE. In other words, impact evaluators are practitioners who can help organizations identify the real impacts of a project, rather than just looking for ways to demonstrate the accomplishment of the pre-set goals. Laurie leads her clients through a structured process and together they identify all valuable impacts. This often results in the discovery of unexpected and exciting layers of impact from the project. She can also help social purpose organizations align to the Common Foundations for Impact Measurement.