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,


February PD Event

The Canadian Evaluation Society- Nova Scotia Chapter invites you to attend two half-day workshops on

Logic Models and Qualitative Evaluation Design & Analysis.

Logic Models

By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how logic models are used when developing frameworks for program and policy evaluation. This workshop uses a mix of lecture, discussion and hands-on-exercises. The workshop is designed for those involved in program and policy development, planning and evaluation who have a basic understanding of logic models or who have a program or policy In mind that needs logic model development  as part of evaluation framework development.

Presenter: Rob Chatwin, BA, MSW, RSW, President Canadian Evaluation Society- Nova Scotia Chapter

Qualitative Evaluation Design & Analysis

By the end of the workshop participants will be familiar with qualitative data collection methods, approaches to analysis and reporting qualitative findings. Two pieces of software useful for facilitating qualitative research will also be introduced. This workshop uses a mix of lecture, discussion and hands- on-exercises. The workshop is designed for beginner and novice evaluators or those involved in program and policy development, planning and evaluation who are interested in learning about qualitative evidence for use in decision making.

Presenter: Nancy Carter, BA, MASP, PhD, CE, Vice-President Canadian Evaluation Society- Nova Scotia Chapter


Friday February 15th   2013

8:30 am: Registration

9:00 am- 12:00pm: Logic Models

12:00pm-1pm: Lunch*

1:00pm- 4:00pm: Qualitative Evaluation Design & Analysis

WhereArt Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1V9

Seminar Room


Full day: $125

Half day:   $75


Full day:   $175

Half day: $100


Full day: $50

Half day: $25

*nutrition breaks (coffee and light snacks) will be provided for those attending one half day workshop; in addition lunch will be provided for participants attending both sessions.


To reserve your spot please complete the following registration form and submit it electronically to ces.novascotia@gmail.com or fax a copy of the form to 902-424-7753.  Registration is required in advance of the session but payment (cash or cheque only) can be made at the door.

Registration closes February 14th 2013.


Rob Chatwin

Rob has a Masters of Social Work and is a registered social worker in the province of Nova Scotia with over 30 years of experience working in health and human services organizations at the community, regional, provincial and national levels in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Rob is a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers and the Canadian and American Evaluation Societies. Rob is currently the Manager Performance Accountability and Evaluation at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the President of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society

Nancy Carter

As Director, Evaluation Services at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Nancy’s work provides guidance and advice to catalyze evaluation initiatives for Nova Scotia’s health system. Previously, she worked as an evaluation and research consultant in Atlantic Canada. Her theoretical knowledge gained through formal education combined with practical experience as a consultant, has given Nancy considerable expertise in applied social science research methods as well as evaluation-specific processes and tools. Particular areas of interest in evaluation include evaluation theory, evaluation culture, and building evaluation capacity. Nancy is currently the Vice-President of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society

CES Conference 2013 – Toronto

Dear CES Members,

Don’t miss the January 30th, 2013 deadline to submit proposals to deliver professional development workshops at CES 2013.

Workshops can be half-day or full-day and will take place on Sunday, June 9th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Workshop facilitators receive free conference registration. For more information, see:

Call for CES 2013 Workshop Proposal

CES 2013 Workshop Proposal Submission Form

CES 2013 Conference Website

See you there,
Dayna Albert
CES 2013 Workshop Committee Chair

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.

The Internal Evaluator’s Carol

With the winter holiday season in full swing, the CES-NS Executive wanted to share an evaluation appropriate jingle to accompany you to the next get together, office party, or ugly sweater contest. Credit for the wee jingle goes to Kylie Hutchinson, a BC evaluator, who writes an evaluator’s Christmas Carol every year.

(sung to the tune of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’)

Oh come all ye data,
For this pilot program,
Oh show me, oh show me,
I have collected,
cleaned and analyzed,
Now prove that it’s effective,
Please prove that it’s effective,
Oh prove that it’s effective!

I must remain,
Arms length and objective,
Although the management,
is pressuring me.
What will they say?
If I find no impact,
I must be strong, not waver,
I’m doing them a favor,
We’ll learn from this I wager,

Time for statistics,
Chi Square and Regression,
T-test, ANOVA,
My fingers are crossed.
Thanks be to those for,
Program Eval Standards,
You are my point of reference,
But really it’s my preference,
I’m asking for with deference,