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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 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:

To attend the event via webinar, please register here:

If you have any questions please contact Dorian Watts – Professional Development Chair at

NSHA Evaluation Position

Here is some information on a current job opportunity in evaluation in Nova Scotia!

Planning and Evaluation Coordinator

Apply to this job now:

Req ID: 1747
Location: Central
Company: NSHA
Department: Public Health Foundations, Science & System Performance
Type of Employment: Regular Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1.00 position(s)
Union Status: Admin Professionals NSGEU Hlthcare
Posting Closing Date: 03-May-17

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.

The Planning and Evaluation Coordinator is responsible for providing expert advice and leadership for evidence-gathering and planning initiatives to support accountability, planning, and evidence-based decision making within Public health.
The Coordinator establishes and leads project teams and committees to develop monitoring and evaluation initiatives; designs and implements evaluation frameworks and related tools; and conducts literature reviews and jurisdictional scans.
The Coordinator contributes to a culture of evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making through the development of tools, standardized processes, and capacity-building initiatives.

* Masters degree in Health Sciences, Public Health, Health Administration, Applied Social Sciences, Community Health, Program Evaluation, Health Promotion with an emphasis on program planning and evaluation OR equivalent combination of education and experience
* Five years of experience in planning, evaluation, quality improvement, or social science research
* Experience in public health preferred
* Registered, or eligible for registration, with professional association applicable to educational background
* Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator designation preferred
* Demonstrated knowledge of research and evaluation design and methodology
* Strong project management and facilitation skills
* Excellent communication skills to interpret evaluation and statistical information to non-evaluators
* Very strong information analysis, synthesis, interpretation and writing skills
* Experience conducting systematic literature reviews and environment scans
* Understanding of the population health approach
* Ability to work independently and take initiative
* Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred

* Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information
Hours of Work
Permanent Full-Time Position; 70 hours bi-weekly
Salary Information
$ 32. 6138 – $ 39.7137 hourly
Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.
This is an Administrative Professionals agreement- NSGEU Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions.
Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile.
Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits and vacation entitlement and/or usage,
Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.