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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 Topics: ■ 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…

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    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…

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    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: http://www.nshrf.ca/realkt

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    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…

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    Professional Development

    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…