• Board Updates & Notices

    Aligning with the 2019-2024 CES Strategic Plan (CES NS Fall Update, Part 2)

    Hello Everyone, Last month we provided an update on upcoming professional development. Since then, we’ve also launched registration for an Indigenous Evaluation workshop with Dr. Nicole Bowman (check it out, if you haven’t already!). We’d now like to wrap up our fall update with info on CES strategic planning! CES National has released the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. The three strategic objectives include:  Elevate the professionalization of evaluation. Engage, attract, and retain members. Advocate for evaluation among evaluation users. This Strategic Plan has three guiding principles that are embedded in how this work will be done:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Sustainability  Seamless Member Experience While we will work towards our own…

  • Professional Development

    What is “First Voice” point of view, and how does it apply to TRC?

    In this month’s #EvalAFF video, Andrealisa shares how she applies the grammatical concept of “first person point of view,” which Merriam-Webster outlines here in contrast to second and third person points of view, in her own reflective practice related to honoring the principle of “nothing about us without us” in the context of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and Truth and Reconciliation (TRC).  In addition to hyperlinked resources from First Nation authors and organizations featured in the June blog post on Indigenous History Month, here is a link to a flyer outlining a weekend of TRC events on the Halifax waterfront hosted by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. October 1st is…

  • Networking,  Professional Development

    Asking for a friend: Andrealisa Belzer just announced a Q&A series!

    CES NS Past President Andrealisa Belzer, CE has just launched a new Question and Answer series focussed on evaluator capacity for TRC, DEI and Sustainability: “Asking for a friend” (#evalAFF). This series will complement peer learning within a monthly study group that starts September 24. Friends and members of CESNS are welcome to submit #evalAFF questions on our Chapter website. Make sure to subscribe on YouTube to catch upcoming episodes!

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    Your actions are so important to healing and understanding: A message from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs

    As we near the end of Indigenous History Month, many in the Maritimes and N.L. are planning alternative approaches to observing July 1.  The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs have compiled specific steps for self-education, reflection, and action in this infographic: “Supporting Residential School Survivors and Indigenous People: What can YOU do?”

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    Indigenous History Month: A message from Andrealisa Belzer and Vanessa Nevin

    Dear CES NS members and blog subscribers, Although Indigenous History Month is usually an invitation for all Canadians to celebrate, this June has begun with mourning and nationwide calls to end genocide in Canada, both of which are echoed within the newly released MMIWG action plan. As president of CES Nova Scotia, Andrealisa is honored to coauthor this blog post with Vanessa Nevin of Sipekne’katik First Nation.  Vanessa is Director of Health at the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs.  She chairs the Atlantic Indigenous Evaluation Stewardship Circle, which is a community of practice to support Indigenous-led evaluation, and is a founding member the nascent Canadian Hub of the Blue Marble Evaluation Network. In the spirit of gratitude for CES members and…