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Elayne developed the evaluation plan for a new sexual health intervention being built on SmartSexResource, the BCCDC’s provincial sexual health website. The background research and environmental scan of similar programs that Elayne conducted was very thorough, well-organized and easy to read. She understood the nuances of online sexual health interventions and limitations of evaluating a tool that is operational rather than research-based. The final evaluation plan was clear, concise and professionally presented on time and budget. I would happily work with Elayne again!

- DEVON HAAG, PROGRAM MANAGER, ONLINE SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES, BC CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL


The YWCA Strive program is a transition program for young adults aging out of government care funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Elayne worked as an external evaluator on the Strive program and did an excellent job collecting data, connecting with the participants and finally creating the final evaluation report. Elayne is very professional in her approach when it comes to confidentiality, deadlines and communication. She was excellent at incorporating feedback and suggestions from frontline staff as well. I would have no hesitation recommending Elayne to anyone who is looking for similar services.

- RUNE MIKKELSEN, MANAGER, YWCA STRIVE PROGRAM


Elayne brought great expertise and sensitivity to her work with our organization. She worked skilfully with diverse stakeholders to develop comprehensive outcome measurement frameworks and logic models. When it came time to collect data, she developed tools that generated clear and direct responses from our constituents. Elayne also built our organization’s capacity to enable our ongoing evaluation efforts: fine-tuning our program evaluation forms, teaching us about the latest approaches to evaluation and providing concrete recommendations for action. Her presentation to our Board engaged them in thinking critically about our work and propelled them into planning for our organization’s future. I have been thoroughly impressed by Elayne’s ability to make evaluation “make sense” and to deliver real value through the process. I would wholeheartedly recommend her!

- MARIA HUDSPITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PAIN BC


Working with Catalyst Consulting Inc. was a real pleasure. In my work with at-risk youth the ability to quickly build rapport is essential. Not only did my group feel instantly comfortable with Elayne but she managed to get real insights from a diverse group of youth. The data she collected were presented in a fresh, eye-catching report that was both informative and easy to read. I look forward to using Catalyst for any future evaluation work.

- GEOFF PROSS, DIRECTOR, PEMBERTON YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES


Catalyst Consulting Inc., led by Elayne Vlahaki, has worked with the Positive Women’s Network conducting several different program evaluations. Elayne brings to her work keen listening skills, creativity, respect for clients’ needs, and a commitment to meeting deadlines resulting in excellent and accessible reports.

- MARCIE SUMMERS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POSITIVE WOMEN'S NETWORK


The Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) has worked with Catalyst on a variety of projects since 2010. One of Elayne’s roles has been to coordinate a provincial working group dedicated to building capacity across the PAN network regarding program evaluation. Elayne has provided strong leadership in this role, fostering collaboration and dialogue across community-based organizations, policy-makers, health authorities and other key stakeholders. Her vision and talents have been key in the development and implementation of shared measures for the community-based HIV/AIDS sector.

We have also contracted with Elayne repeatedly to assist us in the evaluation of a series of PAN’s own projects. In hiring Elayne, I have consistently experienced her as an insightful and strategic team member, who has assisted PAN in coming up with evaluation and research designs that have yielded meaningful and informative data. Elayne is a true pleasure to work with and I recommend her services and Catalyst without hesitation – PAN will certainly continue to use her services and recommend Elayne to anyone in need.

- JENNIFER EVIN JONES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PACIFIC AIDS NETWORK