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Announcing an International Call for Evaluation Stories

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Evaluations that Make a Difference: Stories from around the world is a recipient of an EvalPartners Innovation Challenge Award. The project’s purpose is to demonstrate to evaluation users (e.g. governments and international organizations, NGOs and advocates) how evaluation can truly be a force for positive change. It will also help evaluators gain insight into evaluation approaches that can influence use and impact.

 Have you participated in an evaluation that influenced people’s lives and / or led to social betterment? Send in a Story Submission Form by April 15, 2014 for a chance to have your evaluation profiled in an international collection of stories about evaluations that make a difference.  The Story Submission Form is available in English, français and español.

 In May 2014, one to three stories will be selected from each of five regions: Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and Australasia. During the Story Development Phase (June – October 2014) the winning stories will be further developed, using engaging story development techniques. The final stories will be shared through an online platform during EvalYear 2015.

 For more information, visit the Project website – or download the Call for Stories background document.

Professional Development Opportunity: An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Alternative Reporting for Evaluators

The Canadian Evaluation Society-Nova Scotia Chapter invites you to attend a two part webinar series presented by Kylie Hutchinson: An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Alternative Reporting for Evaluators


Traditional evaluation reports often end up on the shelves of many decision-makers collecting dust.  Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results and recommendations actually implemented.  In this webinar learn how to turn your findings into something more useful and meaningful that calls people to action.

You Will Learn

  • the role of reporting in good evaluation practice
  • 3 principles for effectively communicating your evaluation results
  • at least 3 alternatives to writing a final report.

Kylie Hutchinson is a Credentialed Evaluator, consultant, and trainer specializing in the areas of program planning and evaluation.  She regularly presents this workshop at the AEA and CES annual conferences, AEA Summer Evaluation Institute, and as an AEA eStudy.

Date: January 29th 2014 & February 5th 2014

Time: 2:00-3:30pmAST

Location: Webinar

Cost: Members $60   Non-members $80

Please register by Wednesday, January 22nd at:

If you have any questions regarding this webinar please contact us: [email protected]

Upcoming PD Opportunities: Mark Your Calendars!

We’re off to a busy start to the 2013/14 year. Thank you to those who joined us for our sessions in August with the Dalhousie Master of Public Administration program, and in September with Larry Bremner. As many of you have requested, CES-NS will be experimenting with webinar technology as a more convenient means to deliver some of our PD events. Our first one will be held this Friday with Rob Assels presenting on “Effective RFPs: A Supplier’s Perspective”. It’s not too late to join! Register here:

Also, please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

  • ·         November 28th 2013 (Webinar): Fostering Quality, Capacity and Evaluation Use Through Stakeholder Engagement-Colleen Goggin (registration opening soon!)      
  • ·         January 29th & February 5th 2014 (2 half day webinars): Effective Evaluation Reporting: Kylie Hutchinson
  • ·         April 4th & 25th 2014 (2 half day sessions) Economic Evaluations: Lilani Kumaranayake

Further details and registration information will be disseminated closer to the date.  If you have any questions regarding these or any other CES-NS PD events please contact Kathryn Yuill at [email protected] or 902.832.8532

Stay Tuned for More CES-NS PD Opportunities!

Value of Evaluation (Video)

This is an interesting video about a program located in Halifax discusses the value of evaluation for supporting programs and managing them, knowledge transfer and helping to replicate them successfully. It also highlights some key barriers to evaluation (e.g., lack of resources, support and skills).

Thoughts about the video? We always appreciate hearing from our members. Please feel free to leave your input and feedback in the comments section.