Update to 2013 AGM

This is advise you that our AGM will be held on Friday May 10, 2013 at 8:30 am to 9:15 am at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax.  The meeting will be held in room 301-302. This will be followed by a professional development event.  Please note that Larry Bremner’s workshop has been cancelled.
From Janet Ivory, Past Present of the Chapter.
Call for Nominations for the Nova Scotia Chapter Board of Directors
Deadline:   April 24, 2013
If you’d like to demonstrate your commitment to the value of the Canadian Evaluation  Society: Nova Scotia Chapter and help to shape its future, then becoming involved as a member of the Board is for you!
The board is seeking nominations for three board position:
  • Secretary,
  • Treasurer, and
  • Professional Development
You may nominate yourself or someone else.  If you are nominating someone, please make sure that they are aware of that fact.  Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to CES-NS and your thoughtful participation in this process will be greatly appreciated.
Responsibilities and Time Commitment:
Only CES members may serve on the Board. Board positions are for a 2 year term, with the option to continue for a third year.  Board members regularly participate in the work of the chapter through attendance at monthly meetings, ongoing email exchange, and participation in specific events.
The Submission Process:
Please email [email protected] to submit nominations on or before April 24, 2013.  Janet will clarify with all nominees the voting process, and will answer any questions you may have.
The Voting Process:
Voting by acclamation (in the event we have no more than 3 nominees), or by ballot (if more than three nominee) occurs at the Annual General Meeting being held May 10, 2013
Thank-you for your on-going interest and support to CES-NS!

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: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/opinion/brooks-what-data-cant-do.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130219&_r=1&

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,