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Professional Development Opportunity: Drawing on Complexity to do Hands-on Evaluation

“Complexity” is a rapidly expanding frontier in evaluation. This expansion results from dissatisfaction with the ability of programs to improve the social condition, and with the limitations of our program theories and methodologies to predict or explain program behavior.

But what does “complexity” offer to those of us who design evaluations, interpret data, and try to help stakeholders? What can we apply instrumentally? What can we apply metaphorically?

Workshop process:
■ Lectures
■ Group exercises
■ 1:1 consultation

■ Definitions of complexity
■ Explanation and causation
■ Implications for stakeholders
■ Intellectual roots of complexity
■ Common myths about complexity
■ Incremental and phase shift change
■ Program success in terms of Impact
distribution and scaling
■ Consequences for program theory,
methodology, and measurement

Jonathan A. Morell PhD (Jonny) has extensive experience in a wide range of evaluation settings. He believes that evaluation should respect the complexity of programs and outcomes, but that evaluations should be as simple and straightforward as possible. His views are set out in his book: Evaluation in the Face of Uncertainty: Anticipating Surprise and Responding to the Inevitable, in his other publications, and in his blog Jonny is Director of Evaluation at Syntek Technologies, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evaluation and Program Planning, and a Principal at 4.669 Evaluation and Planning, LLC. His professional history is at

DATE: Friday, June 3rd 2016
TIME: 9:00-4:00
LOCATION: Chocolate Lake Hotel 20 St.
Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax NS
QUESTIONS: KATHERINE – [email protected]

Thanks to all who attended the session! The slides are available here: CES Complexity Workshop

Call for Nominations for the Nova Scotia Chapter Board of Directors

Deadline: April 27, 2016

Hello CES-NS members,

If you’d like to demonstrate your commitment to the value of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Nova Scotia Chapter and help to shape its future, then becoming involved as a member of the Board is for you!

The board is seeking nominations for two board position (IT/IM Lead & the Professional Development Lead). You may nominate yourself or someone else. If you are nominating someone, please make sure that they are aware and are in agreement. Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to CES-NS and your thoughtful participation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

Responsibilities and Time Commitment:

Only CES members may serve on the Board. Board positions are for a 2 year term, with the option to continue for a third year. Board members regularly participate in the work of the chapter through attendance at monthly meetings, ongoing email exchange, and participation in specific events.

The Submission Process:

Please email [email protected], Past President to submit nominations on or before April 27, 2016. Rob will clarify with all nominees the voting process, and will answer any questions you may have.

The Voting Process:

Voting by acclamation (in the event we have no more than 1 nominees), or by ballot (if more than one nominee) occurs at the Annual General Meeting being held May 17, 2016.
Thank-you for your on-going interest and support to CES-NS!
Nancy Carter President CES-NS

Professional Development Opportunity: Project Management

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to participate in a “Project Management” workshop, facilitated by Jim Pyra.

Project management spans a number of “knowledge areas” as described by the Project Management Institute including scope management, resource management, schedule and budget management, risk and issue management. Together with communications and fundamentally “getting stuff done” within projects to advance the overall organizational goals and objectives, there are a lot of details that can sometimes seem like a challenge to control when team members really want to work within the context of what the projects are trying to achieve. Having a geographically dispersed team adds further challenge. Too often training and tools for project management focus upon examples from the construction and software development domains, making it hard to understand how to apply best practices to work like evaluation that is more about people and data than drying times for concrete.

This interactive professional development session will provide you with:

-a grounding in project management fundamentals
-an opportunity to work through examples specific to evaluation
-best practices, practical tools and takeaways that you can start using immediately to better control your projects

Jim Pyra has 30 years of technical, management, and staff development experience. Jim has successfully pursued, negotiated, delivered and managed portfolios of projects for a variety of public and private sector clients in the communications, healthcare, defence, and business domains. He has managed projects that vary widely in breadth and scope, from small, one person projects for non-profit agencies to multi-year, multi-million dollar projects with internationally distributed teams for government and private industry clients.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016

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

Location: Horizon Room, 17th floor, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax

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

Registration is limited! Please register by April 22nd!

*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.


External job opportunity for a francophone evaluator


Le Réseau Santé-Nouvelle-Écosse est un organisme à but non lucratif qui a pour mission de promouvoir et améliorer l’accès aux services de santé en français en Nouvelle-Écosse. Nous sommes en train de préparer une demande de financement au ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour un projet lié à la santé mentale.

Nous recherchons un évaluateur/évaluatrice francophone qualifié(e) et ayant de l’expérience pour aider à l’élaboration d’un programme d’évaluation pour ce projet.

Si nous sommes retenus, nous aimerions engager l’évaluateur/évaluatrice pour 3 ou 4 rencontres/consultations pendant l’année entre juillet 2016 et juillet 2017 .

Nous aimerions avoir une rencontre en personne le plus tôt possible, avant le mardi 12 avril, pour discuter et revoir des critères précis d’évaluation que nous devons inclure dans notre demande de financement et aussi les diverses étapes associées au projet.

Nous pourrons verser un montant symbolique de 40$ de l’heure pour cette première rencontre en personne, nous estimons celle-ci d’une durée d’une ou deux heures.

Merci de nous faire part de votre intérêt
Jeanne-Françoise Caillaud
Directrice générale
Réseau Santé – Nouvelle-Écosse
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Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse)
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