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Professional Development Opportunity: Essential Skills Series



The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to join us for our “Essential Skills Series”, a four-day workshop, presented by several of our credentialed evaluators.


The Essential Skills Series is training developed by the Canadian Evaluation Society to provide a basic understanding of the main models, tools and practices associated with the profession of evaluation. No prior experience required!


This four day training for beginners and novices provides an opportunity to learn about the field of evaluation from credentialed evaluators currently working in a variety of Nova Scotian settings.


Topics include:


• Foundations of evaluation
• Describing what will be evaluated
• Determining evaluation questions
• Indicators and measures
• Evaluation research methods & design
• Data collection, management and analysis
• Synthesizing and communicating findings
• Challenges such as ethics, project management, building capacity for evaluation, roles for evaluators and more!


For a detailed list of topics click here.


Date: October 21- 22 and November 12-13, 2015


Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm , registration starts at 8:30 am on October 21st.


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



CES Member: $500
Non Member: $700


Please register online at


Your presenters:


Rob Assels has been involved in social science research since 1991. He holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University. Rob holds the CE designation from the CES and the CMRP designation from the Market Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA).  He is Vice President at R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. He opened the firm’s office in Toronto in 2007 and its Halifax office in 2012.  He is the former President of the MRIA’s Atlantic Chapter and is currently Treasurer of the CES Nova Scotia Chapter.  Rob is also a member of the Community Health Board for Pictou County West.  His experience with data collection includes general population studies as well as projects that have focused on unique and difficult to research populations such as the cognitively impaired, prison inmates, homeless youth and First Nation communities.


Nancy Carter is Director of REAL Evaluation Services at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Nancy’s work provides guidance and advice to catalyze evaluation initiatives for Nova Scotia’s health system. Previously, she worked as an evaluation and research consultant in Atlantic Canada. Her theoretical knowledge gained through formal education combined with practical experience as a consultant and evaluation advisor, has given Nancy considerable expertise in applied social science research methods as well as evaluation-specific processes and tools. Particular areas of interest in evaluation include evaluation theory, evaluation culture, and building evaluation capacity.


Anne Gillies (M.A. Ed) has provided independent evaluation consulting services for monitoring and evaluation of international development programming since 1992, specializing in performance assessment of health, education, community/social development and institutional capacity development initiatives. From 1999 to 2005, Anne was a full-time staff consultant and project team leader with Universalia Management Group (Ottawa) and since 2006 has been a freelance consultant based in Ottawa and Halifax. She has participated in and led thematic, program and project evaluations. She specializes in the design and implementation of qualitative evaluation methods, and she has managed teams of consultants for on-going performance monitoring assignments, interim and final evaluations, and various types of performance assessments using participatory approaches. Anne has designed and delivered evaluation and results-based management training, as well as provided evaluation coaching, mentoring and institutional capacity building for government partners and community-based organizations both in Canada and overseas.


Cari Patterson co-founded Horizons Community Development Associates Inc in 2002She has a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and has worked in health promotion and community development for nearly 25 years. Cari’s training and experience has enabled her to work with a range of groups and organizations on a wide range of initiatives, including community based participatory action research and evaluation, and organizing for social change from an experience-based perspective.

She has developed and conducted dozens of community-wellness-focused evaluations and research projects with a diverse range of populations, including First Nations and Aboriginal communities, rural youth, women in crisis, seniors, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, and survivors of the mental health system.


Karen Pyra founded Pyra Management Consulting Services in 2001 after a career in health policy with the Nova Scotia government.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and has worked in health policy and program development and evaluation for 25 years.  She is also currently the Director of Health Policy and IT Strategy for Doctors Nova Scotia.  Karen has designed and implemented a wide variety of evaluations, ranging from very small program evaluations to evaluations of large, complex national programs.  She has worked for organizations of varying size as well, including non-profit organizations, health authorities, provincial and federal governments, federal/provincial/territorial initiatives and international development agencies with initiatives in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.


Professional Development Opportunity: Embracing complexity workshop & CES-NS Annual General Meeting – June 4th, 2015

The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to join us for the half-day workshop: Embracing complexity, presented by Jenny Baechler.

Complex problems, adaptive systems, boundary-spanning initiatives and wicked social problems…all terms that have become more commonly referenced by policy makers, practitioners and administrators. Distilling useful tools and approaches from the jargon can be a challenge for everyone involved! This workshop will discuss several perspectives on “complexity” – how they have been adapted into the study and practice of management and what challenges or opportunities for innovation they present for the design and implementation of robust evaluation practices. The focus of the workshop will be exploring a suite of tangible tools, skills and approaches available to participants and how they might be leveraged by evaluation professionals looking to navigate the landscape of complex problems.


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


Location: Best Western, Chocolate Lake, 20 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax



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


Please register online at


Jenny Baechler is the Associate Director of the Corporate Residency MBA program and a Lecturer for the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University. Her research and teaching integrate the fields of public administration, peace/conflict studies, international development studies and management frameworks in complexity, creativity and design thinking to explore opportunities for and barriers to cross-boundary collaboration in complex environments. She is looking forward to exploring some of these themes through the lens of the work.

Professional Development Opportunity: Understanding and using contribution analysis workshop – May 12th, 2015

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The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society invites you to join us for the half-day workshop: Understanding and using contribution analysis, presented by Dr. Kaireen Chaytor of Chaytor Consulting.

Contribution analysis is an approach to evaluation, built on theory of change, which demonstrates the desired impact of an intervention. Contribution analysis is especially relevant in settings where there are multiple interventions contributing to a social problem. The workshop will discuss the theory of contribution analysis and briefly review the literature. The workshop will build on participants’ knowledge and experience with theories of change to ensure you have the basis to proceed with contribution analysis. We will review the steps necessary to develop and implement contribution analysis. The benefits and challenges in applying contribution analysis will be discussed.

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

LocationNova Scotia Health Research Foundation, 1660 Hollis St.

Cost:  CES Member: $30
Non Member: $40
Student: $25
with valid student ID

Please register online at

*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.


Dr. Kaireen Chaytor has been teaching program evaluation at Dalhousie University and in workplace settings for several years. She has worked with many non-profits providing oversight for their evaluation efforts. Kaireen serves on the credentialing board for the Canadian Evaluation Society and is a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Along with Dr. John Mayne, Kaireen will offer a pre-conference workshop on Contribution Analysis at the CES National Conference in May, 2015.