"We received excellent feedback from workshop participants,
who found her to be a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter with loads of valuable experience to share. Her collaborative and interactive teaching style and workshop format, combining participant engagement, group work, and case studies with lecture, was very well received."
— Kate McConnell - Augustana Extended Education, University of Alberta
"As an Academic Colleague in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta,
I know Sharlene has great expertise in research about evaluation best practices. Perhaps more importantly, she shares my passion for working with others as equal partners to ensure their interests and priorities are heard. Whether in a classroom/workshop setting or an evaluation project, Sharlene skilfully blends research/theory with community wisdom to create practical, useful approaches. In all that she does, Sharlene is committed to genuine engagement and excellence in her work."
— Jane Springett BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FRGS, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Sharlene Wolbeck Minke is the Principal Consultant of SWM Consulting Services and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She has an academic background in nursing (BScN 1992) and Health Promotion (MSc 2002).
Sharlene began her career as a community health nurse in 1992 with a particular focus on mental health and crisis intervention, and school health promotion. In 2001 Sharlene established SWM Consulting Services. After more than a decade of evaluation practice, she earned the Credentialed Evaluator designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society in 2013.
As a consultant, Sharlene has extensive experience coordinating complex projects that involve many stakeholder groups. She has worked with clients from all levels of government, as well as community-based organizations. Sharlene collaborates with clients to ensure they are meaningfully involved in key project decisions and actions. Her approach blends respectful engagement with evidence-informed processes to create useful, context-specific evaluations.
In 2011, Sharlene joined the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Over the years, she has worked with students from different Master of Public Health specializations and currently teaches a graduate course in Program Planning and Evaluation.
In her leisure time, Sharlene enjoys an active lifestyle. She loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, their two children and the family dog!
"SWM Consulting Services have provided excellent evaluation services to our organization over a number of years.
Their process included assistance with the development of logic models which acted as anchors for work plan decisions and implementation. Collaborations with SWM were always positive and respectful, with everyone feeling safe to speak and provide input. Great efforts were made by SWM to become familiar with our projects and learn first-hand from participants whenever possible. Timeline targets were consistently met by SWM and work was completed within budget in every instance."
— Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Farm Safety Centre