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,
Sig-nif-i-cance.
I have collected,
cleaned and analyzed,
Now prove that it’s effective,
Please prove that it’s effective,
Oh prove that it’s effective!
S-P-S-S.

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,
M&E.

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,
Sig-nif-i-cance!

Evaluation 101 course – November 27th, 2012

Introduction to Program Evaluation Workshop
The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society will offer a one-day introductory workshop on program evaluation and development of evaluation frameworks. This is a great opportunity to learn about evaluation from both the workshop presenters and others involved in evaluation.

Workshop Topics
The workshop will introduce participants to basic evaluation concepts and help them understand how and why evaluation should be conducted. Topics to be discussed include: Types of Evaluation, Program Description and Logic Model, Data Collection and Analysis, Communicating Evaluation Findings and Creating an Evaluation Culture.

Who Should Attend?
This is a beginner level workshop for anyone interested in evaluation. Whether you conduct evaluations yourself, need to contract evaluators or manage projects, this workshop will be of great interest to you.

When?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Full Day
Registration: 8:30 am

Where?
This one day session will be held at the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association at 35 MacDonald Avenue in Burnside, Dartmouth. See directions below:

Directions (coming from Dartmouth/Cole Harbour/111 – Circumferential Highway)
-Take Exit 3 toward Burnside Industrial Park/Highfield Park Drive
-Turn right onto Burnside Dr.
-Take 1st left onto Ronald Smith Ave (at Street light; large intersection)
-Turn left onto Ilsley Avenue (at Street light; Tim Hortons behind the street light)
-Take the 1st right onto MacDonald Ave
-Venue is 35 MacDonald Ave (one-story brick building with an orange roof; NSCSA sign)

Directions (coming from Halifax/Windmill Road)
-After bridge toll booth, keep right, take exit 2W toward NS-7 W/Bedford/Lower Sackville
-Merge onto Victoria Road
-Follow Victoria Road until it merges with Windmill Road and becomes #7 Highway (Trunk 7 W)
-Take a right onto Wright Avenue (at set of lights; Irving Station on your right)
-Take 1st right onto MacDonald Ave (at set of lights)
-Venue is 35 MacDonald Ave (one-story brick building with an orange roof; NSCSA sign)

Directions (coming from Sackville/ #7Highway)
-Come into Burnside on the #7 Highway (magazine hill) (Trunk 7 E)
-Turn left onto Wright Ave (set of lights, McDonalds on your right; Ultramar on left)
-Take the 1st right onto MacDonald Ave (at set of lights)
-Venue is 35 MacDonald Ave (one-story brick building with an orange roof; NSCSA sign)

Cost?
CES NS Member Early Bird Fee -before Nov 14 $100.00
CES NS Fee -before Nov 23 $125.00
Non member Early Bird Fee -before Nov 14 $125.00
Non Member Fee -before Nov 23 $150.00
The workshop fee includes lunch, nutritional snacks and printed material.

How to Register?
Complete the following Registration Form and submit it electronically to ces.novascotia@gmail.com or mail / fax a copy of the form with your payment to the address provided. Payment by cash or cheque only, please. Registration is required in advance of the session but payment can be made at the door.