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.


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

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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

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 ( 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

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
  • 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
  • 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

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 by January 21st 2015.

If you prefer not to register online, contact 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 before December 29th, 2014 at 2:00pm AST.

Questions related to this RFP should be directed to or 902-424-4193.

A message from Anne Martell of Martell Consulting Services Ltd

I would like to thank all my clients and colleagues over the past 30 plus years for supporting Martell Consulting Services Ltd. and believing in my integrity both as a consultant and as a person. I have had such a rewarding career but it is now time to close Martell Consulting down and travel new paths along this journey we call life.

I welcome younger consultants to take over where I left off. Bring your energy and new approaches to the profession of research and evaluation. Bring your passion but always remember to temper it with balance and sober second thought. And always, always write the truth. Don’t hedge, tell it like it is. Sometimes that is difficult…but it pays off in the end.


Anne Martel

Professional Development opportunity: An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Reporting Alternatives for Evaluators

When:  This three hour webinar is held conveniently over two 1.5 hour sessions.

December 11 & 12, 2014, 9:30 – 11:00 AM (PST

Traditional evaluation reports often end up on the shelves of many decision-makers collecting dust.  Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results and recommendations actually implemented.  In this webinar learn how to turn your findings into something more useful and meaningful that calls people to action.

 You Will Learn :

  • the role of reporting in good evaluation practice
  • 3 principles for effectively communicating your evaluation results
  • at least 3 alternatives to writing a final report


Kylie Hutchinson is a trainer and consultant to not-for-profits specializing in the areas of program planning and evaluation.  She delivers this workshop regularly at the AEA and CES conferences, AEA Summer Evaluation Institute, and as an AEA eStudy.

Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation assists organizations to deliver their programs and services more efficiently and effectively.  We believe that excellence in program planning and evaluation leads to stronger organizations and positive change in our community. For more information click here.

 Registration:  $95 incl. HST/GST. Register here.

Professional Development Opportunity: Cross Cultural and International Evaluations: What works? What doesn't?

When: Thursday, December 11th, 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

Language: English

Webinar focus:

There are many aspects of cross cultural and international evaluations that are similar to other types of evaluation work. However, some practises are particularly important, and they are the focus of this webinar. Through the webinar we plan to explore several lessons of international and cross cultural work relating to planning and conducting evaluations.  Topics will include tips for preparing for the evaluation (establishing the evaluation team), developing the evaluation plan, and challenges in conducting the evaluation.

Biography of presenter:

Harry Cummings has taught evaluation at the graduate level at the University of Guelph since 1982. He has coached four winning evaluation teams in the national case study competition. His cross cultural work has included, most recently, work with: the Inuit in Northern Quebec, aboriginal communities in Ontario and beyond, international communities in Mongolia, Ethiopia, Mali, Burundi, Iran and most recently Indonesia. He established Harry Cummings and Associates in 1997 and specializes in evaluation, planning, health, agriculture, youth and other issues. He has served as a workshop facilitator in evaluation courses around the world.

Learning objectives:

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

  • 1.2 Acts ethically and strives for integrity and honesty
  • 1.3 Respects all stakeholders
  • 1.4 Considers human rights and the public welfare in evaluation practice
  • 3.1 Respects the uniqueness of the site
  • 3.2 Examines organizational, political, community and social contexts
  • 3.3 Identifies impacted stakeholders
  • 3.4 Identifies the interests of all stakeholders
  • 4.7 Identifies and mitigates problems / issues
  • 5.9 Attends to issues of diversity and culture

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