Professional Development Opportunity: Embracing complexity workshop & CES-NS Annual General Meeting – June 4th, 2015

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to join us for the half-day workshop: Embracing complexity, presented by Jenny Baechler.

Complex problems, adaptive systems, boundary-spanning initiatives and wicked social problems…all terms that have become more commonly referenced by policy makers, practitioners and administrators. Distilling useful tools and approaches from the jargon can be a challenge for everyone involved! This workshop will discuss several perspectives on “complexity” – how they have been adapted into the study and practice of management and what challenges or opportunities for innovation they present for the design and implementation of robust evaluation practices. The focus of the workshop will be exploring a suite of tangible tools, skills and approaches available to participants and how they might be leveraged by evaluation professionals looking to navigate the landscape of complex problems.

 

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm , registration starts at 12:30 pm.

 

Location: Best Western, Chocolate Lake, 20 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax

 

Cost:

CES Member: $45
Non Member: $65
Student:             $25 with valid student ID

 

Please register online at cesns.ca/store

 

Jenny Baechler is the Associate Director of the Corporate Residency MBA program and a Lecturer for the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University. Her research and teaching integrate the fields of public administration, peace/conflict studies, international development studies and management frameworks in complexity, creativity and design thinking to explore opportunities for and barriers to cross-boundary collaboration in complex environments. She is looking forward to exploring some of these themes through the lens of the work.

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.

Professional Development Opportunity: Understanding and using contribution analysis workshop – May 12th, 2015

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The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to join us for the half-day workshop: Understanding and using contribution analysis, presented by Dr. Kaireen Chaytor of Chaytor Consulting.

Contribution analysis is an approach to evaluation, built on theory of change, which demonstrates the desired impact of an intervention. Contribution analysis is especially relevant in settings where there are multiple interventions contributing to a social problem. The workshop will discuss the theory of contribution analysis and briefly review the literature. The workshop will build on participants’ knowledge and experience with theories of change to ensure you have the basis to proceed with contribution analysis. We will review the steps necessary to develop and implement contribution analysis. The benefits and challenges in applying contribution analysis will be discussed.

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm , registration starts at 12:30pm.

LocationNova Scotia Health Research Foundation, 1660 Hollis St.

Cost:  CES Member: $30
Non Member: $40
Student: $25
with valid student ID

Please register online at cesns.ca/store

*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.

 

Dr. Kaireen Chaytor has been teaching program evaluation at Dalhousie University and in workplace settings for several years. She has worked with many non-profits providing oversight for their evaluation efforts. Kaireen serves on the credentialing board for the Canadian Evaluation Society and is a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Along with Dr. John Mayne, Kaireen will offer a pre-conference workshop on Contribution Analysis at the CES National Conference in May, 2015.

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.