John Mayne Presentation – Demonstrating Impact in Complex Environments


  • Are you required to demonstrate impact in your work?
  • Does your work require you to demonstrate returns on investment?
  • Do you work in a complex environment where establishing cause and effect is challenging?

If you answered yes to any of these questions please join us for a day-long session with Dr. John Mayne

In the morning Dr. Mayne will share his thoughts on theories of change and making causal claims when demonstrating impact. This will be followed by an afternoon workshop on Contribution Analysis: The Theory and the Practice. Small and large group discussions will be part of the morning and afternoon sessions.

Date: May 10, 2013
Time: 9:30am-4:15pm Registration begins at 9:00 am
Location: World Trade & Convention Centre Halifax
CES Member: $100.00
Non Member: $150.00
Student: $50.00
Lunch will be provided

Please register by Friday, May 3 2013 by completing the registration form

Completed forms can be submitted to: [email protected]

The executive has been working hard to provide you with a first rate line-up for the AGM. We look forward to seeing you there!

Free Professional Development Opportunity! ETHICAL ISSUES IN EVALUATION


DateMar.22, 2013

LocationWorld Trade Convention Centre Summit room 8th floor.

Time:  Session 2 – 4pm; networking reception to follow 4 – 5pm.

Register:  Send an email to [email protected]  indicating you plan to attend

Medical citizenship means every doctor should have a voice and use it; every doctor’s voice matters. This issue has implications for the field of evaluation.

Evaluators experience challenges similar to those of doctors with regard to speaking “truth to power” (Michael Quinn-Patton, 2009).

The issues central to medical citizenship are relevant to the work of evaluators. Consider the following questions regarding medical citizenship from an evaluation perspective: Have you ever…

  • …felt that speaking your mind on a difficult issue related to an evaluation would be seen as ‘stirring the pot’?
  • …stayed silent on an issue because you felt speaking your mind might result in enemies or prevent you from being successful in securing future contracts?
  • …worked in a situation where raising ethical concerns or expressing honest dissent would result in you or another being marginalized or ostracized?
  • …worked in and environment where the person you report to (either as a consultant or employee) has such great power over your working life, that you would not want to cross them by expressing an unpopular opinion?

This session will explore what the field of evaluation can learn about the need for every evaluator to have a voice that matters by considering developments in medical citizenship.

Dr. Nancy Olivieri will discuss her experience as a researcher at the University of Toronto and Sick Kids Hospital when these two organizations failed to defend her academic freedom, her rights as an independent researcher, and ultimately hospital patients.


What QUANTITATIVE data can't do

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On Feb. 15th CES-NS hosted a professional development event offering two workshops on the subjects of Logic Models and Qualitative Evaluation. The day was a success and we had some fantastic discussion about both issues.

One of our discussions centered around the value and credibility of qualitative data as compared to quantitative data. Today I came across an article from the NY Times about the limits of quantitative data (referred to here as ‘big data’) that stated some of the key points of our discussion well. The article clearly articulates the value of qualitative data for understanding organizations and their programs and for making decisions. It is an interesting read and reminds us that no matter how much data we have we must remember to THINK. In the data rich world we live in today we need to be mindful of the temptation to quantify everything and take time to ensure we are aware of the limitations of quantification.

The article can be found here:

Posted by:

Dr. Nancy Carter,

Vice President CES-NS

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 ce[email protected] 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