The evaluation of educational programs and interventions is perpetually mandated across health systems. However, understanding what happens and why – and using evaluative knowledge to drive systems change – is rarely a straightforward endeavour.
Betty’s program of research empirically examines the practice of evaluation by drawing on intersecting theories of evaluation, education, and organizational behaviour. She has a particular scholarly interest in studying the paradoxical tensions that surface with innovative or reformative interventions. Further, she is interested in examining how organizations’ cultural and political environments impact the ways in which evaluation is practiced and how evaluation findings are used.
Betty has an expanding portfolio of multi-method evaluation projects across the spectrum of medical and health professions education. She is currently the Evaluation Research Scientist at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) and is Assistant Professor & Evaluation Science Lead within the Office of Education Scholarship (OES) within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds a doctorate degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) with the Canadian Evaluation Society.