ISSUES IN PUBLIC SECTOR EVALUATION THE IMPORTANT DEBATES

You are invited to attend

Issues in Public Sector Evaluation
The Important Debates

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Room 3087 – 3089, Kenneth Rowe Building
6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

Presented by students in the Master of Public Administration (Management) Program, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University who participated in an on-line course in program evaluation come together at Dalhousie for their intensive. They will share a summary of their papers which looked into an evaluation issue or evaluation debate. The presentations are organized into four panels with three papers in each, giving you an opportunity to engage in the debate.

The presentations will be followed by a reception hosted by the Canadian Evaluation Society Nova Scotia Chapter.

In the past this session has been deemed a wonderful venue for sparking discussion on evaluation issues and concerns. We encourage you to hear and support the students in their study of evaluation.

Although this is presented at no cost, we do ask that you register so we can prepare for the reception.

RSVP to cfamersvp@dal.ca or call 494-6328

We look forward to seeing you on August 16th!

Lunch and Learn Session – Social Impact Bonds

Social Impact Bonds
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
By Rob Assels

The Canadian Evaluation Society Nova Scotia Chapter is pleased to offer a free lunch and learn session on Social Impact Bonds. This session will be offered simultaneously in person and through webinar.

About the session:

A Social Impact Bond (SIB) is an investment vehicle that involves three parties: social service providers, investors and government. Typically the social service provider raises funds from private investors, who receive a return on their investment, paid for by government, if agreed upon outcomes are achieved.  Governments around the world are interested in SIBs as a means of supporting cost-saving preventative programs. SIBs also reduce the risk to government of spending tax payers’ money on programs that do not have the desired impact.

Currently, there are very few SIBs in world, and only four in Canada.  None of them have been around for long enough to measure their long-term impact.  Rob Assels is currently conducting a seven-year evaluation of two SIBs in Ontario and will speak about the challenges for service providers, government departments and evaluators who are interested in the opportunities that SIBs present.

To register:

You are invited to attend this free event in person or online!

To attend the event in person, please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lunch-and-learn-social-impact-bonds-tickets-35455136267

To attend the event via webinar, please register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/9b0ddb6c32d3953c7c24e00bf0acd2b8

If you have any questions please contact Dorian Watts – Professional Development Chair at pd@cesns.ca

Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada webinar

EPAC Webinar on “The Ombudsman” on Friday, June 23, 2017

How does an ombudsman office compare with other functions that help an organization to be true to its values and ethics? Our webinar will be led by two EPAC members of great distinction.

Gregory J. Levine, Ph.D. (cultural geography from Queen’s University) and LL.B. (member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and Upper Canada) will lead off. He has been a barrister and solicitor, legal researcher and professor. He has taught courses in governmental ethics law, geographical perspectives in law and society, and equity and ethics at numerous universities. Two of his publications are books on the legal foundations of government ethics and on ombudsman legislation in Canada. Formerly he served as General Counsel in the Office of the Ombudsman of British Columbia.

Louis Haeck will add his perspectives. He has degrees in law and theology and an MBA. His 32 years in the Canadian Forces included teaching at Royal Military College. Formerly the ombudsman for Katimavik, he now serves as Ombudsman, Compliance Officer and senior ethics advisor for VIA Rail.

Please use this link – June Webinar – to register for the webinar. It is free to EPAC members, $40 to others ($15 to students).

The EPAC Annual General Meeting will take place right after the webinar; members who wish to attend the AGM electronically can do so by staying connected to the webinar site.

Robert Czerny, President, EPAC

Visit the EPAC web site for archived resources and updates

Research and Evaluation Coordinator: Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre’s food team is seeking a full time Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Our Food: Reconnecting Food and Community Project. The position is based in the Halifax office and is a one year maternity leave replacement.
The position is for an internal program evaluator as part of a food systems project with a highly collaborative 8 person team. The job requires someone who has extensive research and analysis skills, as well as knowledge of a variety of evaluation theories and tools including developmental evaluation. The successful candidate will be a skilled facilitator with experience training adult learners and strong communication skills. The successful candidate will also have strong skills with excel and report writing, as well as creative problem solving skills and the ability to adapt to a changing environment.
Please visit https://ecologyaction.ca/jobs for the full job description or see attached. Applications are due June 23rd, 2017 by 4pm.

Expression of Interest Research and Evaluation Lead for “Between the Bridges”

Title: Between the Bridges – Research and Evaluation Lead

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Position Status: Contract

Hours and Compensation: For Discussion

Starting Date: July 2017

 

Background

The community of Dartmouth North (with a population of approximately 12,000 located between the MacKay and Macdonald Bridges of Halifax Regional Municipality), United Way Halifax, the Province of Nova Scotia, plus a growing number of residents, community based organizations, departments of government and businesses are Working Together to Break the Cycle; a cycle of root causes that contribute to poverty and have limited the potential and possibilities for many generations. This initiative has been fondly named Between the Bridges by residents and community organizations to reflect the geographic area in which this work is being focused. Between the Bridges is using a Collective Impact approach to tackle complex social issues that cannot be resolved by any group or sector alone.

 

Between the Bridges is part of a larger provincial initiative called Inspiring Communities that is providing a variety of supports to address population issues in communities across Nova Scotia.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

 

Between the Bridges is looking to contract a Research and Evaluation Lead (the Lead) that would be responsible for the overall collection, analysis and reporting on both quantitative and qualitative measures that indicate progress for Between the Bridges. The work would be carried out within the Inspiring Communities Evaluation Framework and with a strong focus on Developmental Evaluation. A preliminary deliverable for the Lead is to prepare Portfolios* for each of the four areas currently identified as priorities for Breaking the Cycle. These priorities include:

  • Housing: a focus on affordable quality housing;
  • Student success: a focus on safe and caring classrooms, high standards and graduation;
  • Access to professional care: a focus on increasing access to health services in Dartmouth North; and
  • Community fabric: focus on community pride, safe neighbourhood and social inclusion.

 

These Portfolios* would include presentation of quantitative data (baseline and updated with 2016 census), literature review, collation of related Collective Impact case studies, qualitative data and narrative. The intended audiences for the Portfolios are the collective tables that are currently being organized in order that they may begin their work with an evidence based context.

 

Reporting

This contract reports to the Between the Bridges Project Leader however also works closely with the Inspiring Communities Researcher and Evaluator and the United Way Evaluation Specialist. The Lead will be embedded with the Between the Bridges governance structures (currently in development) including the Strategic Roundtable, Residents Roundtable and the A-lignment Teams organized around the priority areas. The Lead will also be responsible to identify and then work with other community, government and academic partners who are needed for the collection and sharing data.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Ensures the developed indicators and tools are in place to track progress and results;
  • Generates purposeful and systematic collection of information to track progress towards targets;
  • Promotes the analysis of research and evaluation to better understand community issues;
  • Merges the worlds of data collection and storytelling to highlight key findings and celebrate the accomplishments of the collective work.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Post Secondary education in a related field such as Economics, Sociology, Health Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, or Business;
  • Significant experience with basic quantitative statistical analyses;
  • Strong skills in analysis and reporting evaluation, and research including literature and case study reviews;
  • Understanding of social policy, government, business and community approaches;
  • Demonstrated experience in a community research and evaluation role;
  • Energetic and critical thinker; innovative and pragmatic problem-solver;
  • Empathetic and trustworthy with confidential information;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective relationships; and,
  • Ability to adapt and manage an emerging agenda, changing deadlines and priorities.

Hours of Work

This work is emerging and evolving at all times, with some known timelines and others that will require the insight and knowledge of the Lead. This requires a degree of flexibility, however with an understanding that hours of work would be mapped out monthly for mutual planning purposes. This opportunity would be ideal for an experience retired person, PHD student, or consultancy that is interested in the exciting and challenging work with cross sectoral emergent processes that are focused on long term impact for critical social change.

Please provide an Expression of Interest (maximum 6 pages) including the following Information:

  1. Cover Letter Expressing Interest and Intention
  2. Name and Contact Information
  3. Bio that Presents Education and Experience Aligned to Requirements of Skills and Education
  4. Requirements Related to Compensation

Please forward your Expression of Interest, in confidence, to Bette Watson-Borg, Project Leader, Between the Bridges bette@betweenthebridges.ca by 5 pm June 16, 2017.