Winner, Service to the Society Award, 2012


The Service to the Canadian Evaluation Society is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the work of CES. Contributions may take the form of service on the CES Council or a committee of CES, publications, organizational development initiatives, or international representation relevant to the CES.

Bridget Maicher has been involved with the NB Chapter since 1992. She served as VP of the Chapter between 1998 and 2002, and as President from 2002 to mid-2010. In 2003 Brigitte became a member of the CES National Council to which she dedicated much volunteer time to Committees including the Membership Committee, the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) working on the consultations and revisions to the 3rd edition of the Program Evaluation Standards, and perhaps most importantly, the volunteer work and time contribution to the Professional Designation Committee. Thank you, Bridgette.

Acceptance speech

Thank you so much, I feel very honoured to be chosen for this award. It was indeed a privilege to work with so many exceptional professionals, all worthy of awards. I would like to thank all of you for your contributions and for choosing me as a recipient of this award.

It seems that my association with National started in the past century, but I guess it was in 2003 and in the century I was a member of the New Brunswick Evaluation Society.

When I became a member of national council, and I hope that was not in any way causal, evaluation encountered a crisis. Governments throughout Canada were facing financial constraints and as a result evaluation unit, including mine, were cut throughout the country. We received feedback that the quality and use of evaluation results was not of the standard government expected from us. So we, with Nancy Porteous as primary instigator, began a “reflective self-evaluation”. It was the beginning of the credentialing project, at least from my historical knowledge, there may have been earlier initiatives. With the energy of Brad Cousins, this one moved on to involve all of our members, or at least as many as wanted to be involved. The project became so much more involved, and at times heated, than we had anticipated and went on for years until Council felt we had enough support to move into action. At that point the three musketeers (as the CES president Francois Dumaine called us) emerged. With Heather Buchanan, Keijo Kuji-Shikatani and I bringing the project to light after another three years of work, developing competency criteria and their descriptors and having them verified by those who we considered the most prominent experts in evaluation and many other necessary initiatives. I was also pleased to have the Program Evaluation Standards become part of our designation.

Today we are again in an era of restraint, but not in a crisis, it feels different and I hope that all of our efforts and all of the work of so many of you is a reflection of this difference. Yesterday I learned from some of the speakers that the Federal Government now insists that all of their programs be evaluated, a different tone and relationship only 8 years later. Thank you for all your efforts and suport, I know if I would mention all of you by name it would take another hour but let me just give some tribute to Brenda Stead and my New Brunswick colleagues who were always there when I called upon them.

Thank you again for the award and for your friendship.