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Climbing the mountain of more engaging presentations: an evaluation fable By Sabrina Khan, Rachel Douglas, Nicole Spence

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When the CES 2017 call for presentations was released, our team quickly recognised the conference themes of innovation, action, and reflection within our lived experiences of conducting an internal evaluation of a communicable disease program restructuring initiative in BC’s regional Fraser Health Authority.

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The CES 2017 Fellows & Entrants Session: Come Speed Network! by Michelle Naimi

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The 2016 conference in St. John’s, NL, was the first national CES conference I had ever attended and while there were many interesting presentations, one of the sessions that left me the most excited was the Fellows & Entrants Strand. The idea behind the development of this F&E Strand was to co-construct a space for Entrants (those who are new to the field) to engage with Fellows (senior evaluators with distinguished contributions to the field) – and engage we did! Continue reading

Introducing c2017 Conference Elder Roberta Price by Chris Lovato and Sarah Farina, Conference Co-Chairs

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Elder Roberta Price

We are honoured that Elder Roberta Price will join the CES c2017 as the Conference Elder.  She is a member of the Coast Salish peoples and was an Elder Advisor for the 2015 CES BC & Yukon Evaluation Society Conference.  She is an Elder Advisor and research partner at the University of British Columbia and participates in many other community projects. Continue reading

Improving the Quality of Data Collected in Evaluation by Luke Spooner

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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