Professional Development Opportunity: Why evaluation theory drives evaluation practice

When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Where: CES webinars take place online using the GoToWebinar platform. You can check your computer’s requirements.

Registration: Please go here to register
If you have any questions please contact Kayla at

Cost: Free for all CES members

Webinar focus:

Without an evaluation theory, there can be no evaluation. Explicitly or implicitly, every program evaluation rests on a certain evaluation theory that speaks to the rationale for proceeding with an evaluation, how it will be done, and how its results are expected to inform decision-making. Over time, some have attempted to articulate and document these theories, triggering the emergence of an increasing number of evaluation theories: utilization-focused evaluation, empowerment evaluation, participatory evaluation, developmental evaluation, and so on. Yet, for evaluation practitioners, these concepts often reside in the margins of their daily work. As this webinar will explore, better understanding evaluation theories inevitably leads to stronger and more successful evaluation assignments. Participants will be invited to bridge the gap between evaluation theories and evaluation practice.

Biography of presenter:

François Dumaine is a Partner at PRA Inc. Over the past 16 years, he has led evaluation assignments covering a wide range of initiatives, from complex and multi-partner programming to highly-focussed interventions. His experience is concentrated at the federal government level, but he has also undertaken evaluations for provincial and non-profit organizations. François has offered workshops and presentations during annual conferences of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and of several CES Chapters across Canada, has published in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and New Directions on Evaluation, and has served as the National President of CES (2008 to 2010).

Learning objectives:

This webinar aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

  • 2.1 Understands the knowledge base of evaluation (theories, models, types, methods and tools)
  • 2.2 Specifies program theory
  • 2.3 Determines the purpose for the evaluation
  • 3.2 Examines organizational, political, community and social contexts
  • 3.5 Serves the information needs of intended users
  • 3.6 Attends to issues of evaluation use
  • 5.10 Demonstrates professional credibility

Networking Opportunity: September 11th 4:30pm-6:30pm

Please join CES-NS for an evening of networking!

September 11th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Brown Hound (formerly Pipa)
1685 Argyle St. Halifax, NS

  • Meet your new Board members
  • Hear about upcoming events and opportunities for members to get involved
  • Share your ideas with the chapter

No RSVP required

Professional Development Opportunity: Workshop on Ethics in Evaluation – September 11, 2014, 1PM – 4PM

Robert Czerny will be doing a half day Workshop on Ethics in Evaluation from 1PM – 4PM the afternoon of September 11, 2014.

We human beings constantly face values choices: better and worse, right and wrong. Thinking about ethics helps us sharpen our analysis and solidify our principles for coping with our more difficult moral dilemmas. In evaluation practice, those dilemmas can arise before a project commences (Is this evaluation worth doing?), through the planning and investigation stages (Can this methodology and these resources produce reliable findings? Are all relevant stakeholders represented properly and are they being treated fairly?), to reporting and beyond (Does the report ‘speak truth to power’? Is it used appropriately?).

The biggest challenges evaluators face are often ethical in nature. They may arise because the expectations or commitments of clients and other parties conflict with those of the evaluator.

The workshop is intended to increase participants’ awareness of ethics in evaluation, their grasp of principles, and their ability to carry out an approach to resolving ethical issues. To achieve this, it will encourage discussion of professional standards and codes of ethical conduct in evaluation and research; principles of ethical discernment offered by philosophy and used in applied organisational ethics; the results of a 2011 CES survey on this topic; and a practical eight-step process for ethical decision-making that starts with identifying a challenge and ends with action.

The workshop facilitator is an experienced evaluator with the C.E. designation, and serves as President of the Ethics Practitioners’ Association of Canada.

Date: September 11th, 2014

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Registration starts at 12:30pm

Location: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Seminar Room

     CES Member: $50
     Non Member: $100
     Student: $25

Please register by Monday, September 8th 2014 by completing the registration form. Completed forms can be submitted to: or faxed to 902-424-7753





Professional Development Opportunity: Issues in Public Sector Evaluation: Fifteen Great Ideas

Dalhousie University’s School of Public Administration and the Centre for Advanced Management Education, in partnership with the Canadian Evaluation Society-Nova Scotia Chapter, invite you to attend a presentation of student issue papers– Issues in Public Sector Evaluation: Fifteen Great Ideas.

The students of the program evaluation course in the Master of Public Administration (Management) program will present their issue papers on August 13th.  There will be five panel presentations on topics such as:

  • Approaches to Evaluation
  • Defining Success in Evaluation Plans
  • Defining and Working with Causality
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation
  • Building an Evaluation Culture

Following the presentations you are invited to continue the discussion with presenters at a reception in the students’ honour.

In the past this session has been deemed a wonderful venue for sparking discussion on evaluation issues and concerns. We encourage CES-NS members to participate by coming for all or a portion of the session and welcome anyone who has an interest in evaluation to drop by.

 Date: August 13, 2014

Time: 1:30pm- 4:30pm

Location: Kenneth C. Rowe Building, 6100 University Ave. Room 3087-3089.

Cost: No charge – hosted by Dalhousie and CES-NS

We do ask that you register so we can prepare for the reception. Please register by Friday August 8, 2014 by sending an email with subject line “Student Presentations” to confirm your attendance.

CESEF is seeking donations to the silent auction

 As mentioned in recent CES update to members, CESEF is seeking donations to the silent auction that will be held as part of the CES conference in June.  If you wish to make a donation to the auction, please visit  for more information or contact Colleen Goggin at

CESEF Board is seeking new members

CESEF is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to improve national capacity for evaluation through educational activities. It provides scholarships, awards, and educational opportunities related to the field of program evaluation.  It also hosts the welcome and silent auction at the CES annual conferences

CESEF is seeking people to join the board to fill 3 vacancies:  vice-chair, membership and member at large. If you are aware of an evaluation professional who may be interested, please contact Colleen Goggin at 


Professional Development Opportunity:  Putting Evaluation Theory into Practice: Strengthening Evaluation Culture, Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Government Evaluators’ Network, invite you to the participatory day-long symposium: Putting Evaluation Theory into Practice: Strengthening Evaluation Culture, Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities.

Please join us for:

  • Panel presentations and discussions on: Evidence informed decision making in Nova Scotia, with Krista Connell, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Graham Steele, former Minister of Finance and Susanna Fuller of the Ivany Commission;  as well as an organizations’ first-hand experiences building evaluation culture
  • Networking
  • Poster presentations
  • Café- style discussions

Date: May 29th 2014

 Time: 9:00am- 4:15pm Registration starts at 8:30am

 Location: World Trade & Convention Centre-1800 Argyle St., Halifax, NS

 Cost: CES Member: FREE

              Non Member: $50

              Student: $25 with valid student ID

*CES-NS members are still required to register for catering purposes.

Lunch will be provided.

Interested in contributing a poster or distributing information about your consulting practice? Contact Rob Chatwin @ 1-902-424-7753 or by e-mail at

Please note the CES-NS Annual General Meeting will immediately follow this symposium.

Please register by May 23rd 2014 by completing the attached registration form. Completed forms can be submitted to: or by fax to: 902-424-7753.