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

Open Invitation to Join Our New Community of Interest in Teaching and Training in Evaluation

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Open Invitation to Join Our New Community of Interest in Teaching and Training in Evaluation

We invite all CES members interested in teaching and training program evaluation to join our new Community of Interest.

CES Refreshed Ethics Guidance (2023) Now Available

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CES Refreshed Ethics Guidance (2023) Now Available

CES is pleased to announce that the refreshed Ethics Guidance is available to help evaluators make ethically sound decisions in their evaluation practice.

Open Invitation to Join Our New Community of Interest in Teaching and Training in Evaluation

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Open Invitation to Join Our New Community of Interest in Teaching and Training in Evaluation

We invite all CES members interested in teaching and training program evaluation to join our new Community of Interest.

CES Refreshed Ethics Guidance (2023) Now Available

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CES Refreshed Ethics Guidance (2023) Now Available

CES is pleased to announce that the refreshed Ethics Guidance is available to help evaluators make ethically sound decisions in their evaluation practice.

Last Call for CES Award Nominations

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Last Call for CES Award Nominations

Do you know an outstanding evaluation professional? We are seeking candidates for the Contribution to Evaluation in Canada Award and the Service to the CES Award.

Nominations for CES National Council President Open Until March 20, 2024

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Nominations for CES National Council President Open Until March 20, 2024

The CES is searching for a new president who will hold office for the period July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2026. Nominations will be accepted for four weeks, until March 20, 2024.

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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

The Path to Success

I decided to join CES in 2008 because I was trying to break into the field and needed to build my network and participate in professional development opportunities.

As an emerging evaluator without formal training in evaluation, CES played a huge role in my early years. My first CES experience was through the Essential Skills Series course, which confirmed my interest in pursuing evaluation as a career and exposed me to the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation.

As I learned more about evaluation and realized how many competencies I still had to develop, working through the CES competencies helped me identify short- and long-term professional development goals, making the process less overwhelming. When I started new jobs, I communicated to my supervisors that my goal was to become a CE, which led to financial or mentorship support focused on specific competencies. I also used the competencies to develop additional goals as a mentee in the EvalYouth Global Mentorship Program. As a Credentialed Evaluator today, I continue to use the CE competencies to support my team’s growth.

Being part of a community like CES contributed to my career, especially when I was a young and emerging evaluator. I have developed friendships and connections that helped me improve as an evaluator and person. Attending CES events feels like being home.

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