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.


Recent Publications

  1. Onyura, B, Lass, E, Lazor, J, Zuccaro, L, Hamza, DM. Vitalizing the evaluation of curricular implementation: a framework for attending to the "how and whys" of curriculum evolution. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2021; :. doi: 10.1007/s10459-021-10083-6. PubMed PMID:34779952 .
  2. Onyura, B. Useful to whom? Evaluation utilisation theory and boundaries for programme evaluation scope. Med Educ. 2020;54 (12):1100-1108. doi: 10.1111/medu.14281. PubMed PMID:32564380 .
  3. Onyura, B, Crann, S, Freeman, R, Whittaker, MK, Tannenbaum, D. The state-of-play in physician health systems leadership research. Leadersh Health Serv (Bradf Engl). 2019;32 (4):620-643. doi: 10.1108/LHS-03-2019-0017. PubMed PMID:31612784 .
  4. Onyura, B, Crann, S, Tannenbaum, D, Whittaker, MK, Murdoch, S, Freeman, R et al.. Is postgraduate leadership education a match for the wicked problems of health systems leadership? A critical systematic review. Perspect Med Educ. 2019;8 (3):133-142. doi: 10.1007/s40037-019-0517-2. PubMed PMID:31161480 PubMed Central PMC6565666.
  5. Onyura, B, Ng, SL, Baker, LR, Lieff, S, Millar, BA, Mori, B et al.. A mandala of faculty development: using theory-based evaluation to explore contexts, mechanisms and outcomes. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2017;22 (1):165-186. doi: 10.1007/s10459-016-9690-9. PubMed PMID:27295217 .
  6. Onyura, B, Leslie, K. In Reply to Auster. Acad Med. 2016;91 (3):289-90. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001082. PubMed PMID:26907897 .
  7. Onyura, B, Bohnen, J, Wasylenki, D, Jarvis, A, Giblon, B, Hyland, R et al.. Reimagining the self at late-career transitions: how identity threat influences academic physicians' retirement considerations. Acad Med. 2015;90 (6):794-801. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000718. PubMed PMID:25881649 .
  8. Onyura, B, Baker, L, Cameron, B, Friesen, F, Leslie, K. Evidence for curricular and instructional design approaches in undergraduate medical education: An umbrella review. Med Teach. 2016;38 (2):150-61. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2015.1009019. PubMed PMID:25665626 .
  9. Onyura, B, Légaré, F, Baker, L, Reeves, S, Rosenfield, J, Kitto, S et al.. Affordances of knowledge translation in medical education: a qualitative exploration of empirical knowledge use among medical educators. Acad Med. 2015;90 (4):518-24. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000590. PubMed PMID:25470312 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Evaluation Science Lead, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto