CES Strategic Plan


The 2019-2024 Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) Strategic Plan is our roadmap to advance evaluation theory, knowledge, and practice within Canada and abroad. Building on the success of our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, over the next five years, we will be focusing on the following strategic priorities:

  1. Elevate the professionalization of evaluation.
  2. Engage, attract, and retain members.
  3. Advocate for evaluation among evaluation users.
These strategic priorities provide guideposts for all the parts of the organization to work together and thrive. We outline opportunities for alignment and shared contributions, especially among our Chapters, and identify the key areas where CES National can provide support. While the ways in which we address our priorities may evolve as we implement this plan, the priorities themselves are solidly grounded in ideas and insights from throughout the CES membership, organizational structures, affiliates, and partners.
While the strategic priorities reflect the core purpose of CES, we are also introducing three guiding principles embedded across these strategic priorities to guide how we work. These guiding principles are as follows: 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness: We support an inclusive organization where a diversity of members thrives and evaluation practice grows in this spirit. This would be fostered through engagement, transparency, and fairness. Embedding diversity within CES includes consideration of people’s social identities, world views, ideas and ways of working, as well as institutional and enabling environments. See Appendix A for a more detailed definition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness.
  • Sustainability: We take a leader role in sustainability, building opportunities to align work in diverse sectors in support of sustainability, and incorporating increasingly sustainable practices as an organization. See Appendix B for a more detailed definition of Sustainability.
  • Seamless Member Experience: We provide a seamless experience for members, including activities such as membership management and engagement, events, virtual collaboration, professional learning, and communication through coordinated technical systems.