Call for Papers: CES National Conference 2018


The 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society conference will focus on Co-creation through themes of Integration, Transformation and Practice. We will explore the latest methods and approaches that evaluators are applying in a wide range of contexts and consider the ways in which evaluators are incorporating co-creation in their practices.

The conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta from May 27 to May 29, 2018.
Pre-conference workshops will occur on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, 15 December 2017 before 11:59 pm MST. No Extensions.

For more information, contact us [email protected].
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Lunch and Learn Webinar – An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Lunch and Learn Webinar:

An Economic Evaluation: The Healthy Beginning Enhanced Home Visitation Program

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12:00 PM -1:00 PM Atlantic

Nova Scotia’s Healthy Beginnings Enhanced Home Visiting Program (EHV) was launched in 2002 as an enhancement to public health’s perinatal programs and services. The long-term results are anticipated to deliver improved physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of Nova Scotia children.

Two qualitative program evaluations (2009 & 2012) found that families in the program achieved positive outcomes. In 2011, there was an interest within the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness to measure the value and impact of the EHV Program. It was determined that an economic analysis would be appropriate to establish the program’s value and measure the potential impact the program has in the province. Given the province’s financial pressures, the positive qualitative reviews of the EHV and the Public Health Healthy Development Standards and Protocols, an evidence-based case for support of the EHV in Nova Scotia was timely.

Through an economic evaluation, the EHV’s value and impact can be quantified. The economic evaluation will help to create an evidence-based case for support of the EHV. The findings will help inform recommendations based on the Benefit-Cost Analysis and the estimated extent to which this program is anticipated to reduce health inequities and improve childhood outcomes in Nova Scotia.

The model indicates this investment conveys significant positive long-term outcomes:

  • Delivers a total of $16 million in benefits while costing $6.3 million to provide the program
  • Resulting in a benefit cost ratio of 6 dollar return for each 1.0 dollar invested (2.6:1)

Register for the webinar below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About the presenter: 

Holly is a Senior Economist in the Health Economics unit of the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness. She has been working in the Department for six years and has been responsible for the economic analysis, evaluation and forecasting on a range of key initiatives from public health to workforce planning to pharmacare. Holly holds a BA in Economics from Dalhousie University and a MSc in International Strategy & Economics from the University of St. Andrews.


Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place, and the Environment

Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place, and the Environment

Dr. Robert Bullard
Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

Thursday, October 26, 2017
7 pm-8:30 pm
Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue

Full Day Symposium, with Keynote from Dr. George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, October 27, 2017
9 am – 5 pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, the environment, and health in Indigenous and Black communities look like?

How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, climate change, climate justice, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, community-based aspects of renewable energy, energy policy, the built environment, urban planning, planning policies, transportation, housing, gentrification, and health?

What are the possible public health advocacy responses to existing or proposed industrial projects and other environmental hazards near Indigenous and Black communities?

This free two-part event will bring together American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about some of the most salient issues of our times, and their impacts on our most vulnerable communities who are all too often left out of the conversation.

Free lunch and refreshments on Friday, October 27

Organized by The ENRICH Project and the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

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For more information, please contact: Dr. Ingrid Waldron: [email protected]

Reflections from the CES 2017 Conference

Jenn Dixon, the successful applicant for CES Nova Scotia Chapter funding to help attend the conference, was asked to reflect on her conference experience. Here is what she shared with us.


With the support of the CES-NS Branch I was provided a wonderful opportunity to attend the 2017 CES Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC from May 1-4th. Ongoing professional development, and feeling connected to the field of evaluation are so important, and I am grateful to CES-NS to help continue my growth and journey. The theme of this year’s conference was “Facing Forward: Innovation, Action and Reflection”. For myself, the theme was perfect timing as I am in the process of seeking my CE Designation and affirming that evaluation is the direction I would like to move my career.

Following with the theme of the conference, I thought the best way to sum up my experience is to share the new ideas (innovation), what I plan to apply to my work (action), and how my experience has influenced my path forward (reflection).


While not necessarily categorized under the presentations that focused on innovation, a panel presentation I attended titled “Evaluation Rubrics – Delivering well-reasoned answers to real evaluative questions” left me with many new ideas for my own evaluation practice. Jane Davidson and her colleagues walked through the process of developing and using an evaluation rubric. The idea of using a rubric or matrix in framing and planning an evaluation is not completely new to me, but the ways that the panel described their own use of a rubric in various settings gave me a new appreciation and value that they can provide.


One of the topics I was looking forward to learning more at the conference was evaluation capacity. In my current job, evaluation capacity building is key focus of my work. I was looking for new ways to build evaluation culture and capacity within my organization, as well as reaffirm some of the challenges and successes I have been experiencing. I attended a presentation by Isabelle Bourgeois, where I learned about an evaluation capacity diagnostic tool that is available for use, has been tested in several organizations, and is based on theory and research. I was excited to leave the conference and take back what I learned and share it with my colleagues, with the hopes of eventually using this tool to provide better insights into the organization’s strengths, gaps and opportunities regarding evaluation.


Instead of reflecting on the evolution of evaluation, my “reflection” experience during the conference was personal and internal. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action were touched upon throughout the three days, from the first morning where the hosts acknowledged the land where the conference was taking place, to presentations about organizations and individuals have taken to heart the calls for action. I found myself reflecting throughout the conference (and after) about the importance of being aware, present, and acknowledging the culture, place, and context in which we live and work.