2015-2018 Strategic Plan

CES Strategic Planning Update

 A draft CES Strategic Plan will be presented at the upcoming CES AGM in Halifax. The CES strategic planning process has been ongoing since last year. An environmental scan was conducted from August to October with a wide range of individuals from affiliated organizations such as the CES Educational Fund and the Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education, other Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), other professional associations, and influential evaluation experts and agency representatives. Consultations with CES Chapters and other internal structures took place through November to February, and the Strategic Planning Committee has been busy analyzing findings to bring a draft Strategic Plan to the 2019 AGM. A process for feedback will be in place, and a final CES Strategic Plan is expected to be ready in July. If you would like to share your input to the strategic planning process, please email [email protected].


Evaluation is the systematic assessment of the design, implementation or results of an initiative for the purposes of learning or decision-making.

Mission and vision of the CES

As the Canadian Evaluation Society completes its 2012-2015 programming cycle, the Board of Directors began a strategic planning process in November 2014 to map out an agenda for the next three years. A new set of CES priorities, organizational vision and mission were identified, tested and validated in the spring of 2015 through consultation with Members and Chapters across the country.

As a national professional society, the primacy of services and value to members is the foundation for the CES Strategic Plan 2015-2018 which seeks to build on past momentum while tapping into emerging opportunities, and expanding organizational capacity and profile.

The following strategic priorities will frame CES programs and services from 2015 to 2018, and are explained herein:

  1. Increase the value of evaluation
  2. Engage, grow and diversify our membership
  3. Advance the professionalization of evaluation

The complete plan is available for downloading.

Here's how the CES is performing so far. The following infographic is based on data gathered through a membership survey in October 2016.