Career Opportunity: The NSHRF’s REAL Evaluation Fellowship

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundationn’s (NSHRF) REAL (Relevant, Excellent, Accessible, Legitimate)Evaluation Fellowship is a three-year, paid position aimed at providing education and practical experience to an individual in early stages of a career in the field of program evaluation. This fellowship will provide the REAL Evaluation Fellow with opportunities to build capacity in the core competencies required for achieving the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) professional designation of Credentialed Evaluator (CE).

Deadline to apply to the position is May 4, 2015 with anticipated start date for June 2015.

For more details, including compensation, pre-requisites and application requirements, click here.

CES 2015 Conference: Have we solved the question of evaluation results?

At the CES 2015 conference in Montreal (May 25-27), chapter member Andrealisa Belzer has been asked to join a French-language panel, to offer a Nova Scotian perspective on the question, “Avons-nous réglé la question de l ‘utilisation des résultats de l’ évaluation?” (Have we solved the question of  evaluation results?).

Panelists will be asked to discuss major evaluation-use advances in the past decade, and to identify of residual challenges to the mobilisation of evaluation results to improve policies and programming (in government, private sector, or academia).

What advances and challenges have you experienced, with the “use” component of your evaluation practice?

Please post your comments here, or email them to abelzer@eastlink.ca !

Update #1

The co-panelists have been announced.  They are: Francois Dumaine, Anne Routhier, Olivier Sossa, Courtney Amo, and Andrealisa Belzer.

Professional Development Opportunity: Translating Your Evaluation Findings Into Action

Kylie Hutchinson, of Community Solutions Planning and Evaluation is hosting a webinar on translating evaluation findings into action.

At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

– list known barriers and facilitators of utilization
– state 3 ways to engage stakeholders in your evaluation
– explain how your evaluation design can influence use
– describe 3 ways to write more actionable recommendations
– list 4 principles for more engaging evaluation reporting
– develop an action plan template

When: April 28th and April 30th, 10 – 11:30 am PST

This is a three hour webinar conveniently split into two 1.5 hour sessions.

Cost: $125 plus GST

Please register here.

Professional Development Opportunity: Creating a Culture of Evaluation in the Public Sector

There will be webinar on creating a culture of evaluation in the public sector on March 26 from 2-3:30pm. Led by Nancy Carter of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), this session will include information on

· Defining a culture of evaluation,
· Tactics to develop an evaluative culture, including case examples,
· Resources to help assist organizations in establishing evaluation practices.

Time will be set aside for questions and answers.

The webinar is free and is open to CES members only.

Nancy is the Director of REAL Evaluation Services at NSHRF and provides guidance and advice to catalyze evaluation initiatives for Nova Scotia’s health system. Her role is to build capacity for and a culture of evaluation in Nova Scotia’s health system. She is a Credentialed Evaluator and holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management.

Register for this free webinar at http://www.ipac.ca/NovaScotia/Events and please don’t hesitate to contact Rob Chatwin with any questions at Robert.Chatwin@novascotia.ca.

Professional Development Opportunity: Empower! Visuals and Evaluation for Social Change

Event Details

Social programs and social change initiatives operate within complex environments. When evaluating these initiatives traditional approaches are not always appropriate. For example, linear models can downplay assumptions and create the illusion that the work being done is simple. Graphics and visuals can be used as both a tool set and a process to help evaluators and stakeholders explore context, clarify focus, discuss findings, and understand their meaning.

Sometimes our imaginations are sparked by a visual where words fail us. When communities plan and imagine their futures, when teams consider the possible outcomes for their projects, when groups create maps to track their progress – these are all opportunities to use visuals to engage and deepen community dialogue.

Objectives:

1)   Explore the purpose, power, and impact of visual tools
2)   Explore five key principles for evaluating social change initiatives
3)   Use participatory, empowering, and visual processes to develop shared understanding of:
What you are trying to do
What you think is going to happen; and
What change might look like.
4)   Practice simple icons for complex evaluation concepts to visually share ideas, findings and outcomes
5)   Increase confidence to apply new visual tools and processes in your work and life

Who should participate?

Evaluators, facilitators, project managers, team leaders and members, planners, teachers and anyone who would like to engage others beyond words.

Please note: You do NOT need drawing experience. At some level, we can all draw and use visuals to enhance our communications and engage diverse audiences. Experience doing or participating in evaluation or understanding of evaluation practices IS expected.
For a full description of all training offerings see http://www.seemeaning.ca/training

Have questions about Empower! Visuals and Evaluation for Social Change? Contact See Meaning Graphic Facilitation and Recording

Professional development opportunity: Measuring Impact

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia in partnership
with the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement is offering a FREE workshop on measuring impact. Participants will learn a hands on approach to evaluating programs in order to improve effectiveness and demonstrate impact.

DATE: Tuesday, February 3rd,  2015

LOCATION: Captain William Spry Community Centre,                                                          16 Sussex St., Halifax

To register, contact Laurie Cook at lcook@csc-ns.ca.

RFP: Evaluation Services for CAST (UPDATE: Deadline extended to January 9th)

Background Information:

Communities Addressing Suicide Prevention (CAST) officially launched in September 2006 as a direct partnership between the Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. CAST utilizes a population health approach that aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of Nova Scotians regarding suicide, while considering the complex and varying factors that can impact a person’s health and suicide risk.

The work of CAST is guided by the Nova Scotia Strategic Framework to Address Suicide and its sex strategic goals,  which include Leadership, Infrastructure, and Partnerships, Awareness and Understanding, Prevention, Intervention, Postvention (support after an experience with suicide) and Knowledge Development and Transfer (http://novascotia.ca/dhw/healthy-communities/documents/Nova-Scotia-Strategic-Framework-to-Address-Suicide.pdf). In line with these goals, CAST works with communities in Nova Scotia to build and strengthen their capacity to address suicide at the local level through education and training, community events, information dissemination, resource development and community coalition development and support. Read more at www.communitysuicideprevention.ca.

General Information:

CMHA NS CAST Program is soliciting competitive written proposals from qualified vendors, who are experienced in conducting health promotion-prevention, community capacity development evaluations; employing a mixed methodological approach, with a primary focus on qualitative methods.

The request for applications entails the development of an evaluation plan and provision of leadership in the identification of existing validated evaluative instruments and/or development of evaluation instruments, data analysis and evaluation report development.

  • Enquiries: All enquiries related to the RFP and its processes must be made via e-mail by noon December 29, 2014, to the following e-mail address cmhans@bellaliant.com
  • Proposal Submission: Applicants must submit their Proposals in electronic format, on and/or before Tuesday December 30, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., to the following e-mail address cmhans@bellaliant.com
  • Proposals: All proposals must be clearly marked as CMHA NS CAST Evaluation and must be signed by the individual evaluation consultant and/or by an authorized official to bind the applicant to the application.
  • Proposal Format and Page Limit: The proposal format required is Times New Roman Font, Size 12, single spacing with 1 inch margins. Proposal shall not exceed 12 pages, inclusive of appendices.

Applications received after the set date and time, Friday, January 9th, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., will be considered late and will not be considered as an applicant for the RFP.

RFP Process and Timelines:

  • RFP Release Date: Tuesday December 16, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
  • Deadline for Applicant Enquires: Monday December 29, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
  • Deadline for RFP Submission: Friday, January 9th, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
  • RFP Review & Vendor Selection:  Monday January 12, 2015
  • Contract Awarded Wednesday January 14, 2015

CMHA NS CAST Evaluation Timeline:

  • The first meeting with the CMHA NS and NS Department of Health & Wellness Evaluation Advisory Committee Monday January 19, 2015
  • Evaluation Workplan and Instrument Approval Monday February 2, 2015
  • Data Collection Begins Tuesday February 3, 2015
  • Draft Evaluation Report Submission Monday March 9, 2015
  • Final Evaluation Report Submission Friday March 27, 2015

Contract Amount:

The evaluation service fee shall not exceed $25,000.00 inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees.

RFP Requirements:

The Proposal must include:

  1. One page Executive Summary
  2. Description of the proposed evaluation approach and a work plan that includes; activities, deliverables and timelines, and a logic model
  3. Detailed budget
  4. Description of relevant qualifications, experiences and references

CAST Coalition Evaluation Services RFP- Dec19-14

Professional Development Opportunity: Outcome mapping workshop – January 28th, 2015

 

Update:  This workshop is now sold out.  If you would your name added to a waiting list in case we have a cancellation, please e-mail your request to store@cesns.ca.

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to join us for the half-day workshop: Outcome Mapping: A Hands-on Workshop, with Kay Crinean of Collective Wisdom Solutions.

Outcome Mapping is a participatory evaluation method designed to help complex programs articulate their progress. The approach focuses on changes in the behaviour of people, groups, and organizations with whom a program works directly.  Outcome mapping is best suited for complex, socially innovative projects with a high level of diversity among partners and participants.

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn the basics of Outcome Mapping through a hands-on approach. Upon completion participants will:

  • Understand the principles and applicability of Outcome Mapping
  • Have explored how it can be used in combination with other evaluation methods
  • Have practised the key techniques on current project examples drawn from their own experience

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

Location: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Seminar Room

Cost:  CES Member: $90
Non Member: $125
Student: $25
with valid student ID

Please register online at cesns.ca/store by January 21st 2015.

If you prefer not to register online, contact ces.novascotia@gmail.com for a registration form.

*Please note, pricing for this workshop is based on cost-recovery, and subject to cancellation if we do not receive enough registrants. In this case, registrants will be notified and will be given a full-refund.


Kay Crinean is the President of Collective Wisdom Solutions (management consultants).  She is an experienced management consultant, evaluator, facilitator, social innovator and entrepreneur. She has extensive experience in collaborative and multi-stakeholder ventures, and has created and run two unique multi-stakeholder organizations in Canada and the UK that engaged government, industry, education and community organizations in successfully adapting to technological and economic innovation.

She has experience in using a combination of evaluation methods including Outcome Mapping in the evaluation of complex, multi-stakeholder projects and strategies where the objectives can only be met through the collaboration and influencing of a number of partner organizations. Relevant previous experience includes:

  • The Review of Nova Scotia’s Strategy on HIV/ AIDS (March 2014),
  • Evaluation of The SchoolsPlus model (for NS Department of Education; 2009-2012); this was a 3-year developmental evaluation,
  • Evaluation of The Workplace Skills Enhancement Project (for Immigrant Settlement Association of NS; 2010),
  • Evaluation of The Prior Learning Centre’s Programs and Services: Relevance and Potential to Contribute to Workforce Development in Nova Scotia (for the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education; 2008).

She presented a workshop and a paper on the use of Outcome Mapping at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s National Conference May 13-16, 2012.

RFP: Early Years Centres' Evaluation

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify an evaluation team to conduct a process and outcomes evaluation of the Early Years Centres. The evaluation will inform the Early Years Branch and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation as they assess and refine the model. The overall purpose of the evaluation is to examine if the program model and implementation are having an impact on the objectives and outcomes as described in the program logic model and evaluation framework. An Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) has been established to support this evaluation project.

The NSHRF has been identified to facilitate the RFP process including selection of the successful evaluation team. The NSHRF will take an active role in the on-going management of the project and will administer the project including facilitating agreement between the successful evaluation team and the project partners, distribution of project funds, monitoring of deliverables and reporting. For more information about this opportunity, click the following link: rfp_eyc_dec22014_final_3.

Detailed Time Frame

The Early Years Centre Evaluation Project will commence in January 2014 and is targeted for completion in September 2019.
RFP will be posting date: December 2, 2014

Proposals must be submitted by: December 29th, 2014 at 2:00pm AST

Short listed candidates should be available to meet with project partners (if required) on: January 9th, 2015

Successful applicants will be notified by: January 14th, 2015

Successful applicants should be prepared to meet with project partners: January 19th, 2015

Annual report deadlines and other milestones will be confirmed at the first quarterly meeting of the EAC and the successful applicants.

Proposal Submission and Contact Information

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the NSHRF via email. Please send all required application components to leslie.power@novascotia.ca before December 29th, 2014 at 2:00pm AST.

Questions related to this RFP should be directed to leslie.power@novascotia.ca or 902-424-4193.