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Program Evaluation Course at Dalhousie University

Program Evaluation

Course Length: 4 Days    Fee: $1250

In partnership with Dalhousie University, this course will provide participants with an understanding of the role of evaluation in program and public sector management and the ability to construct and undertake an evaluation. Participants will leave with an evaluation framework ready to be implemented. In previous courses, the frameworks produced by participants have been used internally by government departments or as the basis of RFPs for external evaluation. This knowledge will enable participants to engage in internal evaluation or provide oversight for external evaluation contracts. The course involves reading and group work outside of the classroom sessions.


  • Learn the foundational aspects of an evaluation: Program Description, Program Theory, Logic Models, Theory of Change and Performance Measures
  • Instruction and discussion on all components of an evaluation framework – the evaluation question, various approaches that can be taken, data sources, design for data collection, data collection methods, analysis, the legislative context, scheduling, budgeting, and a communication plan (possibly an implementation plan)
  • Presentation of each framework by participants to all participants – this provides an assessment of frameworks as well as building the dialogue on evaluation


Identification of a project in need of evaluation.


Feb 12, Feb 26, 27, Mar 8


Those in program management, including working with third party providers, who have to report on program outcomes; those working on federal-provincial initiatives and have reporting responsibilities; those who want a method to improve their reporting and accountability to government authorities.

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Kaireen Chaytor

[email protected], or 902-455-7496


Dalhousie contact: [email protected] and 494-6328

Reflections from the CES 2017 Conference

Jenn Dixon, the successful applicant for CES Nova Scotia Chapter funding to help attend the conference, was asked to reflect on her conference experience. Here is what she shared with us.


With the support of the CES-NS Branch I was provided a wonderful opportunity to attend the 2017 CES Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC from May 1-4th. Ongoing professional development, and feeling connected to the field of evaluation are so important, and I am grateful to CES-NS to help continue my growth and journey. The theme of this year’s conference was “Facing Forward: Innovation, Action and Reflection”. For myself, the theme was perfect timing as I am in the process of seeking my CE Designation and affirming that evaluation is the direction I would like to move my career.

Following with the theme of the conference, I thought the best way to sum up my experience is to share the new ideas (innovation), what I plan to apply to my work (action), and how my experience has influenced my path forward (reflection).


While not necessarily categorized under the presentations that focused on innovation, a panel presentation I attended titled “Evaluation Rubrics – Delivering well-reasoned answers to real evaluative questions” left me with many new ideas for my own evaluation practice. Jane Davidson and her colleagues walked through the process of developing and using an evaluation rubric. The idea of using a rubric or matrix in framing and planning an evaluation is not completely new to me, but the ways that the panel described their own use of a rubric in various settings gave me a new appreciation and value that they can provide.


One of the topics I was looking forward to learning more at the conference was evaluation capacity. In my current job, evaluation capacity building is key focus of my work. I was looking for new ways to build evaluation culture and capacity within my organization, as well as reaffirm some of the challenges and successes I have been experiencing. I attended a presentation by Isabelle Bourgeois, where I learned about an evaluation capacity diagnostic tool that is available for use, has been tested in several organizations, and is based on theory and research. I was excited to leave the conference and take back what I learned and share it with my colleagues, with the hopes of eventually using this tool to provide better insights into the organization’s strengths, gaps and opportunities regarding evaluation.


Instead of reflecting on the evolution of evaluation, my “reflection” experience during the conference was personal and internal. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action were touched upon throughout the three days, from the first morning where the hosts acknowledged the land where the conference was taking place, to presentations about organizations and individuals have taken to heart the calls for action. I found myself reflecting throughout the conference (and after) about the importance of being aware, present, and acknowledging the culture, place, and context in which we live and work.

Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada webinar

EPAC Webinar on “The Ombudsman” on Friday, June 23, 2017

How does an ombudsman office compare with other functions that help an organization to be true to its values and ethics? Our webinar will be led by two EPAC members of great distinction.

Gregory J. Levine, Ph.D. (cultural geography from Queen’s University) and LL.B. (member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and Upper Canada) will lead off. He has been a barrister and solicitor, legal researcher and professor. He has taught courses in governmental ethics law, geographical perspectives in law and society, and equity and ethics at numerous universities. Two of his publications are books on the legal foundations of government ethics and on ombudsman legislation in Canada. Formerly he served as General Counsel in the Office of the Ombudsman of British Columbia.

Louis Haeck will add his perspectives. He has degrees in law and theology and an MBA. His 32 years in the Canadian Forces included teaching at Royal Military College. Formerly the ombudsman for Katimavik, he now serves as Ombudsman, Compliance Officer and senior ethics advisor for VIA Rail.

Please use this link – June Webinar – to register for the webinar. It is free to EPAC members, $40 to others ($15 to students).

The EPAC Annual General Meeting will take place right after the webinar; members who wish to attend the AGM electronically can do so by staying connected to the webinar site.

Robert Czerny, President, EPAC

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Research and Evaluation Coordinator: Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre’s food team is seeking a full time Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Our Food: Reconnecting Food and Community Project. The position is based in the Halifax office and is a one year maternity leave replacement.
The position is for an internal program evaluator as part of a food systems project with a highly collaborative 8 person team. The job requires someone who has extensive research and analysis skills, as well as knowledge of a variety of evaluation theories and tools including developmental evaluation. The successful candidate will be a skilled facilitator with experience training adult learners and strong communication skills. The successful candidate will also have strong skills with excel and report writing, as well as creative problem solving skills and the ability to adapt to a changing environment.
Please visit for the full job description or see attached. Applications are due June 23rd, 2017 by 4pm.

Expression of Interest Research and Evaluation Lead for “Between the Bridges”

Title: Between the Bridges – Research and Evaluation Lead

Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Position Status: Contract

Hours and Compensation: For Discussion

Starting Date: July 2017



The community of Dartmouth North (with a population of approximately 12,000 located between the MacKay and Macdonald Bridges of Halifax Regional Municipality), United Way Halifax, the Province of Nova Scotia, plus a growing number of residents, community based organizations, departments of government and businesses are Working Together to Break the Cycle; a cycle of root causes that contribute to poverty and have limited the potential and possibilities for many generations. This initiative has been fondly named Between the Bridges by residents and community organizations to reflect the geographic area in which this work is being focused. Between the Bridges is using a Collective Impact approach to tackle complex social issues that cannot be resolved by any group or sector alone.


Between the Bridges is part of a larger provincial initiative called Inspiring Communities that is providing a variety of supports to address population issues in communities across Nova Scotia.


Tasks and Responsibilities:


Between the Bridges is looking to contract a Research and Evaluation Lead (the Lead) that would be responsible for the overall collection, analysis and reporting on both quantitative and qualitative measures that indicate progress for Between the Bridges. The work would be carried out within the Inspiring Communities Evaluation Framework and with a strong focus on Developmental Evaluation. A preliminary deliverable for the Lead is to prepare Portfolios* for each of the four areas currently identified as priorities for Breaking the Cycle. These priorities include:

  • Housing: a focus on affordable quality housing;
  • Student success: a focus on safe and caring classrooms, high standards and graduation;
  • Access to professional care: a focus on increasing access to health services in Dartmouth North; and
  • Community fabric: focus on community pride, safe neighbourhood and social inclusion.


These Portfolios* would include presentation of quantitative data (baseline and updated with 2016 census), literature review, collation of related Collective Impact case studies, qualitative data and narrative. The intended audiences for the Portfolios are the collective tables that are currently being organized in order that they may begin their work with an evidence based context.



This contract reports to the Between the Bridges Project Leader however also works closely with the Inspiring Communities Researcher and Evaluator and the United Way Evaluation Specialist. The Lead will be embedded with the Between the Bridges governance structures (currently in development) including the Strategic Roundtable, Residents Roundtable and the A-lignment Teams organized around the priority areas. The Lead will also be responsible to identify and then work with other community, government and academic partners who are needed for the collection and sharing data.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Ensures the developed indicators and tools are in place to track progress and results;
  • Generates purposeful and systematic collection of information to track progress towards targets;
  • Promotes the analysis of research and evaluation to better understand community issues;
  • Merges the worlds of data collection and storytelling to highlight key findings and celebrate the accomplishments of the collective work.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Post Secondary education in a related field such as Economics, Sociology, Health Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, or Business;
  • Significant experience with basic quantitative statistical analyses;
  • Strong skills in analysis and reporting evaluation, and research including literature and case study reviews;
  • Understanding of social policy, government, business and community approaches;
  • Demonstrated experience in a community research and evaluation role;
  • 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; and,
  • Ability to adapt and manage an emerging agenda, changing deadlines and priorities.

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 requires a degree of flexibility, however with an understanding that hours of work would be mapped out monthly for mutual planning purposes. This opportunity would be ideal for an experience retired person, PHD student, or consultancy that is interested in the exciting and challenging work with cross sectoral emergent processes that are focused on long term impact for critical social change.

Please provide an Expression of Interest (maximum 6 pages) including the following Information:

  1. Cover Letter Expressing Interest and Intention
  2. Name and Contact Information
  3. Bio that Presents Education and Experience Aligned to Requirements of Skills and Education
  4. Requirements Related to Compensation

Please forward your Expression of Interest, in confidence, to Bette Watson-Borg, Project Leader, Between the Bridges [email protected] by 5 pm June 16, 2017.