Welcome to the Canadian Evaluation Society

With a community of over 1,400 members across the country and abroad, we provide a home for people working in the field of evaluation to connect and grow, so they can have a greater impact on everyone they serve.

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How We Help Evaluators

  • Annual National Conference
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  • Mentorship
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  • e-Institute
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  • Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
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Professional Development

2024 National Conference: May 5-8

Join us May 5-8 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, for "Renewal and Confluence: Navigating the Future of Evaluation." This is an event you don't want to miss!

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The CE designation is the only professional title identifying professional evaluators.

The designation means that the holder has provided evidence of the education and experience required to be a competent evaluator. It is a service provided by CES to its members, who may elect to become credentialed on a voluntary basis. It recognizes competence and promotes continuous learning within our community.

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Evaluation Knowledge 

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CJPE Article

CJPE Article

Authors: Hanna Holman, Dave Guyadeen and Daniel Henstra

The Evaluation Marketplace in Canada: What Qualifications Do Employers Demand?

This study examined the key qualifications—education, knowledge areas, professional qualities, skills, and tasks—demanded of evaluators by employers in the public, private, and not-for-profi t sectors. Through a content analysis of 50 employment advertisements, it found that the qualifications demanded by employers generally align with the skills identified as important in the evaluation literature and with competencies identified by the Canadian Evaluation Society. The study also found that there is an opportunity to promote the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation to those interested in enhancing the evaluation capacity of their organizations.

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Grey Literature

Authors: Kathleen Slemon,Marian Kelly,Karen Nelson,Lindsey Thomson,Rebecca Pereira et al

Focus on Nature: Results of a Program Evaluation

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the impacts of a one-day nature photography workshop for students conducted by Focus on Nature. Surveys collected feedback from 154 students to assess what they learned from the program and how their participation affected their sense of connection to nature. Surveys also looked at the experience of volunteers involved in the program. The report is accompanied by a 1-page infographic summarizing the main findings of the survey.

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Past Webinars

Past Webinars

Presenters: Vanessa Anastasopoulos and François Dumaine

Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

There is a wide recognition that the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) should guide the development of programs and policies to ensure that all intended beneficiaries can access and benefit from these initiatives. Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) has been developed by the federal government to support this process, both during the program design and implementation, but also during its evaluation. This webinar provides an opportunity for participants to enhance their understanding of how GBA+ considerations can strengthen the evaluation process.

Latest News

Reminder: Review 2024 Nomination to CES National President – Michelle Anderson-Draper (she-her), CE

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Reminder: Review 2024 Nomination to CES National President – Michelle Anderson-Draper (she-her), CE

To provide feedback regarding the 2024 CES President nomination, please contact us by May 1, 2024.

Discounts on Insurance: A Benefit of Membership

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Discounts on Insurance: A Benefit of Membership

Did you know we have partnerships with two trusted insurance providers to bring members exclusive discounts on insurance policies?

Entrepreneurship for Evaluators: Developing Your Business Model – Webinar on April 30

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Entrepreneurship for Evaluators: Developing Your Business Model – Webinar on April 30

This introductory webinar on April 30 at 11am (ET) focusing on entrepreneurship will introduce learners to 10 types of business models, as well as the pros and cons of each type.

Seeking Nominations for CES Director of Information Management and Technology

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Seeking Nominations for CES Director of Information Management and Technology

Nominations for the Position of CES National Council Director of Information Management and Information Technology are open until May 1, 2024.

Last Call for April 23 Webinar: R.A.C.E Academy with dr. monique inez liston

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Last Call for April 23 Webinar: R.A.C.E Academy with dr. monique inez liston

This is one of the webinars in the virtual learning series we’re offering leading up to the National Conference, in line with the conference theme, "Renewal and Confluence: Navigating the Future of Evaluation," to get the conversations started.

Students and Emerging Evaluators: Get Involved

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Students and Emerging Evaluators: Get Involved

New to the profession or a current student, recent graduate or professional in another field who is interested in evaluation as a potential career? These resources are for you!

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Benefits of Membership

Self-Paced & Facilitated Training

Whether you are new to evaluation or a seasoned professional, the e-Institute offers special member pricing on the courses you need to build your career in evaluation.

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Continuous Learning

The field of evaluation is constantly evolving. We offer a variety of webinars and events throughout the year as well as the Annual National Conference to stay on top of current trends.

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Professional Recognition

Our Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation demonstrates your commitment to professionalism and inspires the confidence of your clients and organizations.

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Career Advancement

Check out current job and contract opportunities, as well as a wide variety of networking opportunities, to help you build and expand your career.

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Connection

Join a community of evaluation professionals from across Canada at the Annual National Conference, a webinar or a local event to strengthen your network.

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Discounts & Benefits

The cost of membership will be offset as you take advantage of the discounts you receive on our growing list of events and services you need.

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Accidental Evaluator Story

Meet Our Members

Reflection and Inspiration

In the 1980s, evaluation was in its infancy: the people in the field were few and not necessarily well trained, and evaluation was still struggling to distance itself from research. The CES (and American Evaluation Association) provided me with a group of like-minded people and resources.

Taking part in conferences and serving on many committees were powerful motivators in keeping me afloat in the field of evaluation. They also helped me identify areas in which I wanted to develop my skills. But more specifically, these activities fostered casual discussions and information-sharing with colleagues, both of which have proven to be valuable sources of reflection, questioning and inspiration for my teaching, research and publications in the field. None of these things would have been possible without these experiences.

I’ve come to realize that I may not have influenced the practice as much as it has influenced me. This is probably what led me to conclude my latest book with the acknowledgement that while I had begun the project with the goal of contributing to the advancement of knowledge in program evaluation, I humbly confess that I have come out of it a different person, hopefully a better one.

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