Accepting Applications for Conference Expense Assistance

This year, CES National is providing a complimentary registration to each of the chapters for one person to attend the 2017 CES National Conference (for more information, visit:

CES Nova Scotia also recognizes the significant expenses associated with travelling from coast to coast, and has committed to contributing up to $2000 to cover travel and accommodations to supplement the complimentary registration to support one local CES-NS member to attend the conference. The recipient will be reimbursed following the conference providing the submission of receipts for eligible expenses (e.g. hotel and travel). Please note, the successful applicant will be responsible for covering any related costs above and beyond $2000, as CES-NS will not reimburse these.

 Selection Process

A nominating committee of three CES NS Board Members will review all de-identified applications, and provide a recommendation to the CES NS Executive who will vote on the recommendation. The successful applicant will be notified of the decision no later than March 31, 2017.

The successful applicant will be a CES member who can demonstrate the relevance of this conference to their professional work, as well as the importance of receiving this support in order for them to attend the conference.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 To apply for this funding, please complete the application here  by March 19th 2017

 If you have any questions, please contact:

Kathryn Graves
Vice-President, CES-NS Chapter
Ph. (902) 407-8541

Survey on Involvement of Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEE) in Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs)

A request was sent to our chapter from EvalYouth about a survey they are administering.

EvalYouth is a multi-stakeholder partnership formed based on the Global Evaluation Agenda (2016-2020) known as the Eval2020 Agenda, to increase national, regional, and international capacity to produce high-quality evaluations and advocate for the inclusion of youth and young people in the evaluation process to become future leaders in the evaluation profession.


We have launched a survey to gather information related to understanding the state and extent of Young and Emerging Evaluators (YEEs) involvement in Voluntary Organizations for Program Evaluation (VOPE) governance, committees and activities across the world. The results will be used to inform what can be done to further enhance YEE involvement in VOPEs.


We ask that you please share this email and the survey links below with your membership and network to ensure that Canadian evaluators and CES are represented in this global survey.


The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. We invite VOPE leadersthose involved in the work of VOPEs, and young and emerging evaluators to respond to this questionnaire (definitions are provided in the survey instructions).


You can respond in 6 languages, find the links below:


English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, and Russian


The survey deadline is March 17, 2017.


All information is being gathered for survey purposes only. Responses will be treated as confidential. We thank you for your feedback, it will help us to prioritize needs and design potential solutions!


Please let us know if you have problems in accessing the survey. You may contact us at


Thank you for your assistance with this important project.

CES NS Workshop! One Day to Better Data Presentation: A Data Visualization Workshop

Presented by John Burrett (

Workshop process:

  • Hands on practice
  • Bring your own laptop!
  • Principles for effective data presentation

Applications of visual data including:

  • visual data analysis
  • dashboards
  • infographics
  • interactive displays

John Burrett has worked in policy, evaluation, government relations, communications and consulting. He knows the value of cutting through complexity and explaining what your data is saying, quickly and clearly.

From policy and evaluation, John recognizes the importance of high quality, credible analysis. There is a real return on communicating well with data.

This skill can be learned, and John can teach it. John recently ran this workshop in Prince Edward Island and it was so popular a second session was added!

DATE: Monday, April 3, 2017, Register by: March 17, 2017
TIME: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Horizon Room, 17th floor, Maritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax

NOTE: To keep costs low, lunch will not be provided.


#EvalC17 Updates

Here is an update from the conference organizers:

We are pleased to announce the preliminary list of presenters  for the 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in Vancouver.


Here is some important information to help you plan for a successful conference experience:


  1. Register by March 1 to receive the earlybird registration rate and be entered to win a stay at the Westin Bayshore during the conference.
  2. We have negotiated a special conference rate of $199 at the Westin Bayshore, but space is limited.  Please book your room soon:
  3. We encourage you to share your reflections on the conference theme on the conference blog:
  4. Please click here if you would like to volunteer at the conference:
  5. Please click here if you would like to sign up for the Buddy Program as a seasoned evaluator or someone new to evaluation or CES looking to make new connections:
  6. If you are on social media and would like to be engaged at the conference, please share your twitter handle, etc. with:  Tweet to #EvalC17 @cesbcy


We look forward to seeing you at CES 2017 in Vancouver!