Lunch & Learn: Fostering Quality, Capacity and Evaluation Use Through Stakeholder Engagement

  •  Do you want to improve the quality and use of your evaluations?
  • Do you sometimes struggle with how and how much to engage stakeholders?
  •  Are you interested in learning about the lessons learned and best practices of one federal department evaluation unit as it strives to enhance stakeholder engagement?

If so, please join us for:  Fostering quality, capacity and evaluation use through stakeholder engagement. Colleen will provide an overview of the rationale for enhancing engagement and discuss the practices that the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) has implemented to foster stakeholder engagement in its evaluation studies with the end goal of increasing quality and use, and organizational evaluation capacity. The presentation will highlight the resource implications of engagement and explore the ways in which ACOA’s Evaluation Unit attempts to maintain neutrality. The presentation will outline preliminary results, success factors, lessons learned and best practices gathered through the reflections of evaluators, evaluation stakeholders and senior managers.

Colleen Goggin is a senior evaluator at ACOA, working from the Halifax office. She previously worked as an evaluator with the Public Health Agency of Canada (Atlantic Region). Colleen holds a Masters of Health Science (Community Nutrition) from the University of Toronto and is a Credentialed Evaluator. She presented on this topic at the 2013 CES Conference held in Toronto.

Date: Thurs November 28th, 2013

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Webinar

Cost: CES Member/ Students: FREE!! Non Member: $25.00

Please register by  November 26th, 2013 by going to the following link:

For any inquiries about this event please contact:          


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 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.