Category Archives: Professional Development

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

Professional Development Opportunity: Theory of Change (NEW LOCATION!)

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to participate in a “Theory of Change” workshop, presented by Kaireen Chaytor.

Theory of Change (ToC) is essentially an explanation of why you think your intervention will bring about the intended change. It is increasingly used as the basis for evaluation. In some settings it is a requirement for funding proposals.

This workshop will explain the concepts involved in ToC and the components in developing a ToC. You will be introduced to resources on ToC. Examples of completed theories of change in local use will be provided and you will have an opportunity to develop, in working groups, a theory of change.

Kaireen Chaytor, PhD has been teaching program evaluation for a number of years and in a variety of settings. Most recently she taught for the Public Service Commission of Nova Scotia and for the Ministry of Finance, Government of Afghanistan – a program offered by University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Kaireen has been involved in the Canadian Evaluation Society locally and nationally. She has received the Contribution to Evaluation in Canada Award (2003) and was made a CES fellow in 2013. Kaireen is Board Emeritus for the CES Education Fund and serves on the Credentialing Board for CES.

Date: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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

Location: Horizon Room, 17th Floor, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax (NOTE, NEW LOCATION)

Cost:  CES Member: $45         Non Member: $65     Student: $25

Registration is limited! Please register before February 2nd!

Click here to register!

*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.

Upcoming workshop from the NSHRF

The REAL Knowledge Program at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) is providing a workshop for those interested in using social media and media to engage and communicate with key stakeholders.

Participants will hear from Dr. Melissa Brouwers from McMaster University, whose primary research interests include the development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based decisions products such as clinical practice guidelines, standards, and quality indicators, models of decision-making, and knowledge translation and/or brokering.

Date & Time: February 11, 2016. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For additional information, and to register, please visit the following link:

CES-NB conference announcement

The Canadian Evaluation Society – New Brunswick Chapter, in
collaboration with the Université de Moncton and the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network invite you to take part in an evaluation conference on the theme of “Evaluation and its applications in the economic and social fields”.

The conference will be held on January 28th from 10:00 am till 3:30 pm, Room 157, Pavillon Leopold-Taillon, Université de Moncton.

Key speakers include :

Jimmy Bourque, Professor Faculté des sciences de l’Éducation,
and Head of the Centre for Research and Development in Education, Université de Moncton

Michel Desjardins, Founder and President of Consortia Development Group

Marie Gervais, Professor, Université de Laval, Vice president
Réseau francophone d’évaluation (RFE), Vice president International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), and member of the executive committee EvalPartners

Richard Saillant, Director of the Donald J. Savoie Institute

A question and answer period will be held after each presentation with a round-table to close the event. Please note that the CES NB will hold its annual general meeting starting at 3:30 pm.


CES member: 35 $
Students: 10 $
Other: 50 $

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Sign up now! This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with
the Canadian Evaluation Society – NB Chapter, meet practitioners,
professionals and academics in the evaluation field.

Register at
to secure your spot!

For more information please contact Valery Tankou, Event Coordinator:
[email protected]

Professional Development Opportunity: Issues in Public Sector Evaluation, 15 great ideas

Dalhousie University’s School of Public Administration and the Centre for Advanced Management Education, in partnership with the Canadian Evaluation Society-Nova Scotia Chapter, invite you to attend a presentation of student issue papers.

The students of the program evaluation course in the Master of Public Administration (Management) program will present their issue papers on December 11th. There will be five panel presentations on topics such as:
• Approaches to Evaluation
• Performance Measurement and Evaluation
• Use of theory of change
• Implementation Issues
• Evaluator Credibility

Following the presentations you are invited to continue the discussion with presenters at a reception in the students’ honour.
In the past this session has been deemed a wonderful venue for sparking discussion on evaluation issues and concerns. We encourage CES-NS members to participate by coming for all or a portion of the session and welcome anyone who has an interest in evaluation to drop by.

We do ask that you register so we can prepare for the reception.

We look forward to seeing you on December 11th!

Date: December 11, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 4:30

Location: Kenneth C. Rowe Building
6100 University Ave.
Room 3087-3089.

Cost: No charge – hosted by Dalhousie and CES-NS

Please register by: Thursday Dec. 10, 2015
by sending an email with subject line “Student Presentations” letting us know you would like to attend our reception to [email protected]