Employment Opportunity: Between the Bridges Collective Impact Evaluation and Research Lead

Between the Bridges Collective Impact Research & Evaluation Lead

Title:  Between the Bridges – Collective Impact Evaluation and Research Lead

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Structure: Open to individuals, consultants, organizations

Starting Date:  As soon as possible and no later than August 1, 2018

Background
The community of Dartmouth North, the Province of Nova Scotia, United Way Halifax and a growing number of residents, community based organizations, departments of government, and businesses are Working Together to Break the Cycle; a cycle of many “root causes” that contribute to poverty and have limited the possibilities for multiple generations of people who live in Dartmouth North.

Residents and community have fondly named this initiative Between the Bridges to reflect the geographic area, nestled between the MacKay and Macdonald bridges in Halifax Regional Municipality, where this work is focused.

Between the Bridges is using a Collective Impact approach to tackle complex social issues that cannot be resolved by working alone. Rather, the Collective Impact approach is designed from the principle that it will take the shared knowledge, experience, and expertise of residents, government, not-for-profits, and businesses working together, at the same table, to identify and try new approaches to tackle complex social and population challenges.

Between the Bridges is integrated within a larger provincial initiative called Inspiring Communities, also designed to address complex social and population issues in other priority communities across Nova Scotia. Ongoing collaboration is taking place with the Inspiring Communities teams to ensure the ongoing sharing of learnings, data, resources, and other assets that can strengthen new ways of working together.

Between the Bridges is committed to the evaluation of the effectiveness of this Collective Impact effort as both the theory of change and the framework to guide the processes, support a new culture of working together, take action, learn and adapt. With this in mind, Between the Bridges is seeking skilled, experienced, and committed professional support to the ongoing evaluation and research for this initiative.

This opportunity is open for consideration by individuals, consultants, partnering organizations and our goal is to recruit for alignment to the following criteria:

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Between the Bridges is seeking a Collective Impact Evaluation and Research Lead (the Lead) who will be responsible for the ongoing design and implementation of the Evaluation Framework that is aligned to the Components and Conditions of Success for Collective Impact. There is unlimited opportunity to draw heavily from other more mature Collective Impact initiatives that are actively underway and communicating evaluation outcomes.  Based on the developmental and innovative nature of this work, the Lead will be comfortable working within this context and will be able to bring education, experience, and expertise to this emergent work.

It is anticipated that other related contract consultants may be needed in the areas of research, analysis, writing. etc. and the Project Lead would work closely with the Lead to identify how best to structure these roles and relationships.

Reporting

Recognizing the very collaborative and peer leadership approach to Between the Bridges, the Lead primarily reports to, and collaborates with, the Between the Bridges Project Leader. Wherever possible, the Lead will also work closely with the Inspiring Communities Evaluation team to support integration and sharing of methodology and learnings that may be scaled in other communities across Nova Scotia.

The Lead will be “embedded” with the Between the Bridges governance structures including the Strategic Roundtable, Residents Roundtable, Student Success Alignment Team, and the Community Insight Team. The Lead will also be responsible to identify and then work with other community, government, and academic partners  to support  the collection, analysis, and sharing of data.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Implement the Collective Impact Evaluation Framework for Inspiring Communities and Between the Bridges, and in recognizing the developmental nature of the work to continually monitor, adapt, and communicate learnings  with stakeholders;
  • Work with Between the Bridges Network help deepen knowledge and understanding about evaluation and collaborate to determine the most relevant (and limited) indicators and tools to track progress and results;
  • Provide leadership to the purposeful and systematic collection of data and information to track progress towards targets;
  • Champion the holistic nature of research, data, story, and evaluation to help all stakeholders better understand priority community issues and solutions;
  • Support the ongoing communication with respect to what, when, how, and why we are evaluating in the context of the phases of Collective Impact;
  • Work, as an embedded evaluator, to role model and support a culture of relationship building and creating psychologically safe  processes and space for the diversity of stakeholders;
  • Merge the worlds of data collection and storytelling to highlight and communicate key findings and celebrate the accomplishments of the collective work; and
  • Represent Between the Bridges and actively contribute at the Collective Impact Evaluation Committee co chaired by Inspiring Communities and the Province of Nova Scotia.

Required Skills and Experience

  • An undergraduate degree (Masters preferred) in a relevant area (e.g., social sciences, public administration, community studies, management, etc.) with an emphasis on research;
  • Minimum three to five years’ progressive experience in a research and evaluation capacity across sectors (e.g., government, not-for-profit) is preferred;
  • Understanding of social policy, government, business, and community approaches;
  • Strong interest and affinity to the Collective Impact approach and appetite to continually increase competence as a leader in this area of evaluation;
  • Experience in developmental evaluation, theory, and implementation;
  • Demonstrated experience with basic quantitative statistical analyses;
  • Proven ability to mobilize research knowledge for diverse audiences, including presenting and disseminating research results in clear, concise and compelling language; and,
  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of technical platforms and software programs to support research and data analysis.

Competencies

  • 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;
  • Ability to adapt and manage an emerging agenda, changing deadlines and priorities; and,
  • Current Criminal Reference and Vulnerable Sector Checks.

Consideration given to an equivalent combination of skills and experience.

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 role requires a degree of flexibility, however hours of work and schedule to be mapped out monthly for mutual planning purposes.
  • Generally, this role will require a minimum o f 12-15 hours /week with some weeks higher based on the priority projects underway. As this position is “embedded” with the Between the Bridges Team, there is a requirement to be available for some weekday evenings (5-8 pm) in support of the Between the Bridges Network meetings. Meetings are scheduled on a 3-4 months rolling calendar.
  • The Between the Bridges office is located at 68 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth and there is a high degree of flexibility for working from a virtual office as well.

Preliminary Contract:      This position is a one-year, renewable contract (contingent on funding).

Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send your Cover Letter and Resume in one document, highlighting your education, skills and experience in alignment to the above criteria.

Attention: Bette Watson-Borg, Project Leader, Between the Bridges       [email protected]

Job Posting Between the Bridges – Collective Impact Evaluation and Research Lead

We need your talent and energy to host C2019 in Halifax!

The Nova Scotia CES Chapter is excited to be hosting the 2019 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in Halifax!  C2019 Conference Co-chairs Nancy Carter, Louise Adongo, and Andrealisa Belzer need your talent and energy on the C2019 Organizing Committee.

To join, please go the survey link below and check off which C2019 roles most interest you. This call for volunteers is open to CES members only, until Friday, May 19.  Subcommittee members will recruit broader participation later on.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PJRLG3D

If you have questions or comments, please contact:
[email protected]

Thanks!  We look forward to working with you!

Nancy, Louise, and Andrealisa

C2019 Co-chairs

REMINDER COMPETITION CLOSING APRIL 12: CES CONFERENCE SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY FOR CES-NS MEMBERS

REMINDER  – Competition Closing April 12th!

This year, CES National is providing a complimentary registration to each of the chapters for one person to attend the 2018 CES National Conference (for more information, visit: http://c2018.evaluationcanada.ca/). CES Nova Scotia also recognizes the significant expenses associated with travelling to a different province, and has committed to contributing up to $500 for travel and accommodations in addition to the complimentary registration. The recipient will be reimbursed following the conference providing the submission of receipts for eligible expenses (e.g. hotel and travel). Current members in good standing are able to apply for the complimentary registration, financial support, or both.

Selection Process

A nominating committee of three CES NS Board Members will review all de-identified applications, and provide a recommendation to the CES NS Executive who will vote on the recommendation. The successful applicant will be notified of the decision no later than April 16th, 2018 to coincide with the early bird registration deadline.

The successful applicant will be a CES member who can demonstrate the relevance of this conference to their professional work, as well as the importance of receiving this support in order for them to attend the conference.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply for this funding, please complete the application here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R3FRD63 by April 12th 2018

CES Conference Support Opportunity for CES-NS Members

CES Conference Support Opportunity for CES-NS Members

This year, CES National is providing a complimentary registration to each of the chapters for one person to attend the 2018 CES National Conference (for more information, visit: http://c2018.evaluationcanada.ca/). CES Nova Scotia also recognizes the significant expenses associated with travelling to a different province, and has committed to contributing up to $500 for travel and accommodations in addition to the complimentary registration. The recipient will be reimbursed following the conference providing the submission of receipts for eligible expenses (e.g. hotel and travel). Current members in good standing are able to apply for the complimentary registration, financial support, or both.

Selection Process

A nominating committee of three CES NS Board Members will review all de-identified applications, and provide a recommendation to the CES NS Executive who will vote on the recommendation. The successful applicant will be notified of the decision no later than April 16th, 2018 to coincide with the early bird registration deadline.

The successful applicant will be a CES member who can demonstrate the relevance of this conference to their professional work, as well as the importance of receiving this support in order for them to attend the conference.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply for this funding, please complete the application here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R3FRD63 by April 12th 2018

Reminder – An Economic Evaluation: The Health Beginnings Enhanced Home Visitation Program

An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Lunch and Learn Webinar

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Atlantic

Nova Scotia’s Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Program (EHV) was launched in 2002 as an enhancement to public health’s perinatal programs and services. The long-term results are anticipated to deliver improved physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of Nova Scotia children.

Two qualitative program evaluations (2009 & 2012) found that families in the program achieved positive outcomes. In 2011, there was an interest within the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness to measure the value and impact of the EHV Program. It was determined that an economic analysis would be appropriate to establish the program’s value and measure the potential impact the program has in the province. Given the province’s financial pressures, the positive qualitative reviews of the EHV and the Public Health Healthy Development Standards and Protocols, an evidence-based case for support of the EHV in Nova Scotia was timely.

Through an economic evaluation, the EHV’s value and impact can be quantified. The economic evaluation will help to create an evidence-based case for support of the EHV. The findings will help inform recommendations based on the Benefit-Cost Analysis and the estimated extent to which this program is anticipated to reduce health inequities and improve childhood outcomes in Nova Scotia.

The model indicates this investment conveys significant positive long-term outcomes:

  • Delivers a total of $16 million in benefits while costing $6.3 million to provide the program
  • Resulting in a benefit cost ratio of 6 dollar return for each 1.0 dollar invested (2.6:1)

Register for the webinar below:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ea65dff462e70294cde7dc3c8da9331e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the presenter: 

Holly is a Senior Economist in the Health Economics unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness. She has been working in the Department for six years and has been responsible for the economic analysis, evaluation and forecasting on a range of key initiatives from public health to workforce planning to pharmacare. Holly holds a BA in Economics from Dalhousie University and a MSc in International Strategy & Economics from the University of St. Andrews.