Author Archives: Louise Mason

Improving the Quality of Data Collected in Evaluation by Luke Spooner

NOTE: The following blog was written by Luke Spooner who was one of two recipients of the CESBCY Student Bursary Award.  Luke is a graduate student in the Faculty of Pharmacy at The University of British Columbia and a Research Assistant at Broadleaf Consulting. The second recipient was Jacob Helliwell who is pursuing an MPA at University of Victoria.  See Jacob’s blog titled: Three Reasons you Should Attend c2017: Student Edition. Continue reading

Student Competitions at CES 2017! by Case Competition Planning Committee

Here’s an update on our Student Case Competition and the Student SEEK Award!

In early Feburary 10 teams of students from universities and colleges across Canada participated in Round One of the 2017 CES-CESEF Case Competition, an annual even that helps students build evaluation skills using real-life cases. We would like to introduce the three finalist teams, and share their favourite part of the case competition! Join us in supporting these teams of students in the 2017 CES-CESEF Case Competition on Monday May 1 at 1:00pm! Continue reading

Sustainability at #EvalC17 by Kim Walker

As evaluators, we aim to create positive and lasting benefits from our conference – not only for the Canadian Evaluation Society and our 2017 conference participants, but also for the businesses, people and places we encounter along the way.

The Sustainability Sub-Committee has been working with other members of the CES 2017 Conference Planning Committee to maximize our contributions toward environmental benefits, social development and green economy initiatives throughout our conference site and off-site activities. Continue reading

SEEK-ing Innovative New Evaluators through the CESEF Awards by Marshal Rodrigues, CESEF Program Chair

With its focus on facing forward and using innovative evaluation practices, the 2017 CES conference provides the perfect backdrop for highlighting the contributions of student evaluators. As the next generation, students across Canada continue to provide innovative ideas and approaches that will help to push the realm of evaluation forward.   Continue reading

Evaluation Can Be Influential in Creating Change By Kim van der Woerd

My name is Kim van der Woerd, I’m a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay, BC, and have been doing program evaluation work for over 20 years. I own and have run an all-Indigenous consulting firm called Reciprocal Consulting, for the past 14 years. I’m excited we are holding this year’s CES conference in Vancouver, the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Wau-tuth peoples. Continue reading

Networking at the CES Conference by Harry Cummings, President, Canadian Evaluation Society

In my long career as an evaluator I have found networking to be the most rewarding way to expand my evaluation contacts and knowledge. And the ultimate networking opportunity for Canadian evaluation work is the CES annual conference. This year we’ll be meeting in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Continue reading

Social Innovation meets Public Sector – Developmental Evaluation Guides Transformation by Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani (CE) & Ms Megan Börner

What does it mean to conduct evaluation processes and practices in the public sector in the 21st century? It means measuring and monitoring a moving target when complexity, adaptation, and innovation are the norm in providing programs and services to the changing realities of society. Processes of learning are foundational to developmental evaluation (DE) to support social innovation and program development. Continue reading