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Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter


The Canadian Evaluation Society's Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (CES-NL) is a provincial chapter of the CES. The CES-NL brings together professionals from the public, community-based, private, and academic sectors who have an interest in results-focused management and accountability for investments in a wide range of programs and services. We provide evaluators in Newfoundland and Labrador with a link to the national platform and access to numerous local and national professional development opportunities. 

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities: 


The NL Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society is holding our annual one day conference on June 15th and are currently seeking presenters.  The Theme is Challenge & Opportunity: Evaluation in our Current Economic Climate.  We are seeking participants who will share experiences and ask questions about evaluation and the role it does, can, should play in your organization, particularly in challenging economic times.

We are currently seeking presenters interested in sharing their evaluation stories at #CESNL18. Presentations could be about what you would like to see evaluated; what evaluation could mean; how to evaluate within your context, how you have used evaluations, or talking about an evaluation you have done. We are also accepting a variety of formats, like roundtables, crackerbarrels, or workshops. If you are interested in presenting, please see the Call for Presenters below and send all submissions to our Conference Program Sub-Committee. Submissions are due by Sunday, April 29th, 2018

See you there!


CES-NL 2018 Professional Development Conference Call for Presenters

Challenge & Opportunity: Evaluation in our Current Economic Climate

 Evaluation is even more important in a constrained economic climate. Evaluations help to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and sustainability of a program or service; they can be used to identify what is working well and what could be improved, and they are essential for providing accountability and transparency in the use of public funds. Evaluators are often asked to do more with less, which is both a challenge and an opportunity. They are asked to increase efficiencies and to find new, innovative and creative ways to conduct evaluations – all while ensuring the evaluations have an impact.

We want to hear how you’ve met, or are trying to meet, such challenges; how is your evaluation work changing because of the current economy? What new approaches have you developed that allow you to be creative, effective but also efficient? What experiences, good practices and lessons-learned do you have to share?
Whether you are new to evaluation or are a seasoned veteran; whether you work in the public, non-profit, academia, and/or private sectors, we want to hear from you!
On June 15, 2018, the Canadian Evaluation Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (CES-NL) is pleased to host a one-day professional development conference entitled: Challenge & Opportunity: Evaluation in our Current Economic Climate.
We want to hear about your work, your projects, and your research. We are seeking submissions from individuals or organizations that are engaged in all forms of evaluation, whether it be at the planning, managing, or implementation stage. We want to know how you are adapting to the fiscal challenges facing evaluators. If you are selected to present, you will be invited to attend the CES-NL Annual 2018 Conference free of charge.
We are looking for a wide range of presentation styles and contribution formats. We encourage you to use an interactive approach, with a focus on how others can learn from your work, and perhaps adapt and apply those lessons to other settings. We welcome individual and team presentations (panels, co-presenters, etc.).

What’s in it for you?

Presenting at the CESNL Conference is a great opportunity to:
  • Discuss professional challenges and accomplishments
  • Enable others to learn from your experiences
  • Share your innovative and creative evaluation practices
  • Expand on your own learning by interacting with the audience
  • Build networks within the NL evaluation community
  • Practice your presentation skills
  • Have your presentation included and referenced in the database of evaluation practices of the Canadian Evaluation Society
In addition to presenters, the Conference will have a luncheon keynote speaker, a panel discussion on Challenges for New Evaluators, and of course, ample networking opportunities.

Presentation Formats might include:

  • Cracker Barrel – Join colleagues from across the province in a short, parallel, multipresentation
  • format. Presentations are 20 minutes long and generally there are 4 running
  • at the same time to maximize participation.
  • Round table discussion – Similar to cracker barrel, but a longer session where the
  • presenter shares their thoughts for about 30 minutes with a 10 minute discussion period.
  • Up to 10 participants per session.
  • Interactive Workshop or Panel Discussion (3-4 people), or Presentation – 70 minutes in
  • total;
  • Other – Is there a presentation format not listed above that has worked well for you in
  • the past? If so please share your presentation idea on the contribution form.
Please contact our Conference Program Sub-Committee for a submission form.

Important Dates:

  • The deadline to submit proposals is 12:00 Midnight on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. 
  • CESNL will respond to all submissions by Friday, May 18, 2018.
  • The conference will be held on June 15, 2018 at the Ramada Inn, St. John’s NL.

We look forward to your submission!


CES-NL Executive Committee

President: Laura May, Department of Research, Eastern Health

Vice President and PD Chair: Nicole Power, Department of Research, Eastern Health

Secretary: Olivia Cleary, Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Memorial University

Treasurer: Sandra Parsons, Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Memorial University

Director at Large (Labrador): Vacant

Director at Large: Bruce Gilbert, Bruce C. Gilbert Consulting 

Director at Large (Marketing and Communication): Nicole Porter, Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Memorial University

Director at Large (Marketing and Communication): Sara O'Reilly, Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Memorial University

Director at Large (Student Representative): Piotre Krajewski and Michael Ryan, Masters of Applied Psychological Science (MPS) Candidates

Director at Large: Melissa LeDrew, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Director at Large: Jennifer Smith, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of NL

CES National Representative: Susan Hollett, Hollett and Sons Inc. 


If you have any questions, please contact Felicia Rice, CES-NL Administrator.