Staff Members

Annie Lafrenière

Annie

Annie has been an Ottawa Data Analysis Coordinator (DAC) at the Parent Resource Centre since 2005. Recognized as a leader in knowledge mobilization and program evaluation, Annie works with the city of Ottawa, early years community partners and organizations to assist with effective decision making based on best practices and evidence informed methods. She provides the latest data and leading edge research relating to children, families and their community. She also supports better program planning practices by teaching about the importance of evaluation.

Annie has been part of the early development instrument (EDI) implementation for the past 4 cycles and has reported on and shared EDI results and profiles with the Ottawa early years community on many occasions. She has developed several workshops on evaluation and is an expert at guiding organisations through their first attempt at their own logic model. Annie is also a resource to several local Best Start planning tables as well as the Francophone and Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis Best Start planning tables.

Before becoming a DAC, Annie spent several years working as a front line worker with youth and victims of domestic violence. Her background in psychology, counselling and education has guided her to better understand how to not only explain data and convey research but to communicate the importance of building community capacity.

Annie’s love of children also extends to her personal life as she has four of her own. Annie’s strong belief in helping families and her community has inspired her to become a breastfeeding buddy as well a beaver scout leader.