A new federal Policy on Results, which replaces the Policy on Evaluation, is now available on-line.
Importantly for those professionals interested in pursuing or maintaining the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation is a paragraph in the new Directive on Results (4.4.12) that states that “Heads of evaluation designated under subsection 4.3.12 of the policy are responsible for the following: […] ensuring that departmental evaluators have opportunities to develop their competencies and to earn evaluation-related designations or certifications from recognized professional associations and certifying bodies”.
As the CES-Nova Scotia Chapter has opportunities available for professional development this new policy should have a positive impact for us. We look forward to providing these opportunities for our members and professionals, and to the impact of this new policy for Nova Scotia.
Please see a job posting from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for a Senior Program Evaluator.
The application deadline is July 13, 2016. Good luck to those who apply.
The Canadian Evaluation Society Nova Scotia Chapter is now on Twitter (@cesnovascotia)!
Please be sure to follow us and tweet us about important topics for you in Nova Scotia as they relate to evaluation.
We will also be reaching out to those of you listed on our consultant directory to ensure information is up to date, and the newly elected chapter executives for 2016-2017 will be planning over the summer for ways to develop our chapter as we move forward. The executives are always happy to hear from members, or those interested in evaluation in the province, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas.
“Complexity” is a rapidly expanding frontier in evaluation. This expansion results from dissatisfaction with the ability of programs to improve the social condition, and with the limitations of our program theories and methodologies to predict or explain program behavior.
But what does “complexity” offer to those of us who design evaluations, interpret data, and try to help stakeholders? What can we apply instrumentally? What can we apply metaphorically?
■ Group exercises
■ 1:1 consultation
■ Definitions of complexity
■ Explanation and causation
■ Implications for stakeholders
■ Intellectual roots of complexity
■ Common myths about complexity
■ Incremental and phase shift change
■ Program success in terms of Impact
distribution and scaling
■ Consequences for program theory,
methodology, and measurement
Jonathan A. Morell PhD (Jonny) has extensive experience in a wide range of evaluation settings. He believes that evaluation should respect the complexity of programs and outcomes, but that evaluations should be as simple and straightforward as possible. His views are set out in his book: Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty: Anticipating Surprise and Responding to the Inevitable, in his other publications, and in his blog www.evaluationuncertainty.com. Jonny is Director of Evaluation at Syntek Technologies, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evaluation and Program Planning, and a Principal at 4.669 Evaluation and Planning, LLC. His professional history is at www.jamorell.com.
DATE: Friday, June 3rd 2016
LOCATION: Chocolate Lake Hotel 20 St.
Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax NS
COST: CES MEMBER- $140
NON-CES MEMBER- $195
REGISTER AT: http://cesns.ca/store/
QUESTIONS: KATHERINE – email@example.com
Thanks to all who attended the session! The slides are available here: CES Complexity Workshop
The Annual General Meeting of the CES Nova Scotia Chapter will be held on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 11:00 am at 1660 Hollis Street, 9th Floor, Suite 905 in Halifax. The AGM will be followed by the regular scheduled Board meeting.