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CES-NS Meets the Canadian Chapter of Public Participation Practitioners (IAP2- Atlantic)

The CES-NS were guests of the Atlantic Canadian Chapter of Public Participation Practitioners (IAP2- Atlantic) last night at a networking event held here in Halifax.

We all chatted and got to know one another a bit socially before Rob Chatwin (President) and Nancy Carter (Vice President) facilitated a discussion on using evaluation methodologies to improve public engagement processes.  It was a nice setting where members shared experiences, discovering common interests and great potential for mutual benefit and the advancement of both fields.

Stay tuned to the CES web page for more joint CES-NS and IAP2 events in the future – especially those members who undertake a significant amount of public/stakeholder consultation as a regular part of your evaluations. We have a lot to learn from one another!

If you’d like to know more about the IAP2 you can visit the website here.  You can also find and join the group through Linkedin here .

-Peter MacLeod (CES-NS Treasurer)

Update to 2013 AGM

This is advise you that our AGM will be held on Friday May 10, 2013 at 8:30 am to 9:15 am at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax.  The meeting will be held in room 301-302. This will be followed by a professional development event.  Please note that Larry Bremner’s workshop has been cancelled.
From Janet Ivory, Past Present of the Chapter.
Call for Nominations for the Nova Scotia Chapter Board of Directors
Deadline:   April 24, 2013
If you’d like to demonstrate your commitment to the value of the Canadian Evaluation  Society: Nova Scotia Chapter and help to shape its future, then becoming involved as a member of the Board is for you!
The board is seeking nominations for three board position:
  • Secretary,
  • Treasurer, and
  • Professional Development
You may nominate yourself or someone else.  If you are nominating someone, please make sure that they are aware of that fact.  Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to CES-NS and your thoughtful participation in this process will be greatly appreciated.
Responsibilities and Time Commitment:
Only CES members may serve on the Board. Board positions are for a 2 year term, with the option to continue for a third year.  Board members regularly participate in the work of the chapter through attendance at monthly meetings, ongoing email exchange, and participation in specific events.
The Submission Process:
Please email to submit nominations on or before April 24, 2013.  Janet will clarify with all nominees the voting process, and will answer any questions you may have.
The Voting Process:
Voting by acclamation (in the event we have no more than 3 nominees), or by ballot (if more than three nominee) occurs at the Annual General Meeting being held May 10, 2013
Thank-you for your on-going interest and support to CES-NS!

CES President's Message


Hello members.  It’s already the middle of January 2013.  I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season.

The Chapter Executive met yesterday to plan out our Professional Development activities for the coming year.  Kathryn, our Program Chair presented a plan for professional development sessions for February through May.  Check out the Chapter Professional Development page for dates, topics and presenters.

The Executive began talking about our Annual General Meeting coming up in May.  We are planning a full day event with workshops and presentations in the morning and afternoon.  To get us started,  Larry Bremner, President of  CES, has confirmed he can attend and is willing to provide a half day workshop.  We have reviewed the workshop abstracts that Larry has provided and can’t decide which one to pick so we have decided to ask you.  Please check out the AGM page and select your preferred workshop options.  We also want to know if there are members wanting to present on some aspect of evaluation practice.  If so, please follow up with Kathryn.  Your Executive is hoping this can be a day of good discussion and networking.

We are working on a strategic and financial plan for the chapter to present to members for feedback and support.

As always, please contact us if you have question, comments or ideas.

Warm regards,


President's Update to Membership

Your executive has been busy over the last couple of months getting the website up and providing a couple of professional development events.   In November, we hosted the “Introduction to Program Evaluation” workshop with 14 people registering.  Feedback has been positive regarding this workshop.  In December, we partnered with Dr. Kaireen Chaytor for “The Great Debates in Program Evaluation” at the Faculty of Management, the Master in Information Management Program at Dalhousie University.  This was a free event for chapter members and number of members attended.  It was a resounding success and the student papers presented where interesting, well thought out and covered a range of evaluation issues / topics.

In mid-November, Kathryn Yuill volunteered to participate with the executive as Program Chair until our next AGM in May 2013.  Welcome to Kathryn and a big thank you for your willingness to step in mid-stream and help with our PD offerings.   We will be posting our list of events for 2013 later in January.  We are planning a Chapter Network Gathering for late January as well. To keep up to date with all chapter events, please bookmark our new events page and check back often!

The chapter website is operating and we are working on building/adding content.  Aubrie is leading the way and has done a remarkable job getting us to this point.  We need you support and input to make the place to go for evaluation information and conversation.  Please keep sending your feedback, ideas and content. We are looking for occasional blog posts to highlight evaluation projects underway across the province as well as events to populate our events page.

On behalf of the executive, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season.