Category Archives: Professional Development

Free Professional Development Opportunity! ETHICAL ISSUES IN EVALUATION


DateMar.22, 2013

LocationWorld Trade Convention Centre Summit room 8th floor.

Time:  Session 2 – 4pm; networking reception to follow 4 – 5pm.

Register:  Send an email to [email protected]  indicating you plan to attend

Medical citizenship means every doctor should have a voice and use it; every doctor’s voice matters. This issue has implications for the field of evaluation.

Evaluators experience challenges similar to those of doctors with regard to speaking “truth to power” (Michael Quinn-Patton, 2009).

The issues central to medical citizenship are relevant to the work of evaluators. Consider the following questions regarding medical citizenship from an evaluation perspective: Have you ever…

  • …felt that speaking your mind on a difficult issue related to an evaluation would be seen as ‘stirring the pot’?
  • …stayed silent on an issue because you felt speaking your mind might result in enemies or prevent you from being successful in securing future contracts?
  • …worked in a situation where raising ethical concerns or expressing honest dissent would result in you or another being marginalized or ostracized?
  • …worked in and environment where the person you report to (either as a consultant or employee) has such great power over your working life, that you would not want to cross them by expressing an unpopular opinion?

This session will explore what the field of evaluation can learn about the need for every evaluator to have a voice that matters by considering developments in medical citizenship.

Dr. Nancy Olivieri will discuss her experience as a researcher at the University of Toronto and Sick Kids Hospital when these two organizations failed to defend her academic freedom, her rights as an independent researcher, and ultimately hospital patients.


What QUANTITATIVE data can't do

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On Feb. 15th CES-NS hosted a professional development event offering two workshops on the subjects of Logic Models and Qualitative Evaluation. The day was a success and we had some fantastic discussion about both issues.

One of our discussions centered around the value and credibility of qualitative data as compared to quantitative data. Today I came across an article from the NY Times about the limits of quantitative data (referred to here as ‘big data’) that stated some of the key points of our discussion well. The article clearly articulates the value of qualitative data for understanding organizations and their programs and for making decisions. It is an interesting read and reminds us that no matter how much data we have we must remember to THINK. In the data rich world we live in today we need to be mindful of the temptation to quantify everything and take time to ensure we are aware of the limitations of quantification.

The article can be found here:

Posted by:

Dr. Nancy Carter,

Vice President CES-NS

February PD Event

The Canadian Evaluation Society- Nova Scotia Chapter invites you to attend two half-day workshops on

Logic Models and Qualitative Evaluation Design & Analysis.

Logic Models

By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how logic models are used when developing frameworks for program and policy evaluation. This workshop uses a mix of lecture, discussion and hands-on-exercises. The workshop is designed for those involved in program and policy development, planning and evaluation who have a basic understanding of logic models or who have a program or policy In mind that needs logic model development  as part of evaluation framework development.

Presenter: Rob Chatwin, BA, MSW, RSW, President Canadian Evaluation Society- Nova Scotia Chapter

Qualitative Evaluation Design & Analysis

By the end of the workshop participants will be familiar with qualitative data collection methods, approaches to analysis and reporting qualitative findings. Two pieces of software useful for facilitating qualitative research will also be introduced. This workshop uses a mix of lecture, discussion and hands- on-exercises. The workshop is designed for beginner and novice evaluators or those involved in program and policy development, planning and evaluation who are interested in learning about qualitative evidence for use in decision making.

Presenter: Nancy Carter, BA, MASP, PhD, CE, Vice-President Canadian Evaluation Society- Nova Scotia Chapter


Friday February 15th   2013

8:30 am: Registration

9:00 am- 12:00pm: Logic Models

12:00pm-1pm: Lunch*

1:00pm- 4:00pm: Qualitative Evaluation Design & Analysis

WhereArt Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1V9

Seminar Room


Full day: $125

Half day:   $75


Full day:   $175

Half day: $100


Full day: $50

Half day: $25

*nutrition breaks (coffee and light snacks) will be provided for those attending one half day workshop; in addition lunch will be provided for participants attending both sessions.


To reserve your spot please complete the following registration form and submit it electronically to ce[email protected] or fax a copy of the form to 902-424-7753.  Registration is required in advance of the session but payment (cash or cheque only) can be made at the door.

Registration closes February 14th 2013.


Rob Chatwin

Rob has a Masters of Social Work and is a registered social worker in the province of Nova Scotia with over 30 years of experience working in health and human services organizations at the community, regional, provincial and national levels in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Rob is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers and the Canadian and American Evaluation Societies. Rob is currently the Manager Performance Accountability and Evaluation at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the President of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society

Nancy Carter

As Director, 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, 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. Nancy is currently the Vice-President of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society

CES Conference 2013 – Toronto

Dear CES Members,

Don’t miss the January 30th, 2013 deadline to submit proposals to deliver professional development workshops at CES 2013.

Workshops can be half-day or full-day and will take place on Sunday, June 9th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Workshop facilitators receive free conference registration. For more information, see:

Call for CES 2013 Workshop Proposal

CES 2013 Workshop Proposal Submission Form

CES 2013 Conference Website

See you there,
Dayna Albert
CES 2013 Workshop Committee Chair

Evaluation 101 course – November 27th, 2012

Introduction to Program Evaluation Workshop
The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society will offer a one-day introductory workshop on program evaluation and development of evaluation frameworks. This is a great opportunity to learn about evaluation from both the workshop presenters and others involved in evaluation.

Workshop Topics
The workshop will introduce participants to basic evaluation concepts and help them understand how and why evaluation should be conducted. Topics to be discussed include: Types of Evaluation, Program Description and Logic Model, Data Collection and Analysis, Communicating Evaluation Findings and Creating an Evaluation Culture.

Who Should Attend?
This is a beginner level workshop for anyone interested in evaluation. Whether you conduct evaluations yourself, need to contract evaluators or manage projects, this workshop will be of great interest to you.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Full Day
Registration: 8:30 am

This one day session will be held at the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association at 35 MacDonald Avenue in Burnside, Dartmouth. See directions below:

Directions (coming from Dartmouth/Cole Harbour/111 – Circumferential Highway)
-Take Exit 3 toward Burnside Industrial Park/Highfield Park Drive
-Turn right onto Burnside Dr.
-Take 1st left onto Ronald Smith Ave (at Street light; large intersection)
-Turn left onto Ilsley Avenue (at Street light; Tim Hortons behind the street light)
-Take the 1st right onto MacDonald Ave
-Venue is 35 MacDonald Ave (one-story brick building with an orange roof; NSCSA sign)

Directions (coming from Halifax/Windmill Road)
-After bridge toll booth, keep right, take exit 2W toward NS-7 W/Bedford/Lower Sackville
-Merge onto Victoria Road
-Follow Victoria Road until it merges with Windmill Road and becomes #7 Highway (Trunk 7 W)
-Take a right onto Wright Avenue (at set of lights; Irving Station on your right)
-Take 1st right onto MacDonald Ave (at set of lights)
-Venue is 35 MacDonald Ave (one-story brick building with an orange roof; NSCSA sign)

Directions (coming from Sackville/ #7Highway)
-Come into Burnside on the #7 Highway (magazine hill) (Trunk 7 E)
-Turn left onto Wright Ave (set of lights, McDonalds on your right; Ultramar on left)
-Take the 1st right onto MacDonald Ave (at set of lights)
-Venue is 35 MacDonald Ave (one-story brick building with an orange roof; NSCSA sign)

CES NS Member Early Bird Fee -before Nov 14 $100.00
CES NS Fee -before Nov 23 $125.00
Non member Early Bird Fee -before Nov 14 $125.00
Non Member Fee -before Nov 23 $150.00
The workshop fee includes lunch, nutritional snacks and printed material.

How to Register?
Complete the following Registration Form and submit it electronically to [email protected] or mail / fax a copy of the form with your payment to the address provided. Payment by cash or cheque only, please. Registration is required in advance of the session but payment can be made at the door.