September and October 2015 have been busy months. Your CES has worked hard planning its 3-year future, involving members, delivering training, evaluating the Credentialing program, and promoting evaluation and the Society.
After several months of work and consultation, we have finalized our 2015-2018 strategic plan. CES will focus our development on three priorities: increasing the value of evaluation; engaging, growing and diversifying our membership; and advancing the professionalization of evaluation. The action and measurement plans are in the making.
We launched a general call for membership involvement in the Society. The response was great: 21 members raised their hand and expressed an interest in giving their time! The Diversity Working Group attracted particular interest. This response sends a clear message that our membership is engaged, energetic, and enthusiastic about evaluation and the Society. Thank you very much! The offer still stands.
We also opened a self-registration system for members interested in volunteering or working in the international context. This call was very successful, with more than 80 members indicating an interest. We will use this list when we are asked to identify resources for various needs of our international partners.
On the communication front, we have completed the production of new tools to support chapters and national representatives in their outreach efforts. We have completed phase 2 of the new CES website which now includes all CES services and reserves significant information to members. The Sunday newsletter will be redesigned to include all this new content soon. Thanks to the website team for all their efforts.
We also launched a push for members to update their membership profiles so that we can plan our membership strategy on firmer grounds (Remember: evidence-informed decision-making!?). Please take two minutes to fill out your own profile if you have not already done so.
Three webinars have taken place in September and October. The “Evaluating Knowledge Transfer” was such a big hit that it was run twice, followed by a session on the CE designation as the first in a three-part series. The Professional Learning committee also let a contract to oversee the development of new intermediate level training modules. The arms-length charity called Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund had announced the names of five winners of Education Assistance Awards. Moreover, the CESEF has launched a competition for a new Postgraduate Scholarship Program.
The evaluation of the Credentialing program has progressed well. All data collection activities are completed. We are expecting the draft report in a few days. In parallel news, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions are pioneering the creation of Evaluation Fellowship opportunities. We think worthy of profiling this initiative as a model for building capacity in evaluation in Nova Scotia and Alberta. The curricula for the Evaluation Fellowships are structured around the competencies required for achieving the CES professional designation of Credentialed Evaluators.
Finally, regarding the promotion and advocacy of evaluation, of evidence-informed decision-making, and of CES, I have had the pleasure to represent the Society at three events in Australia as well as to visit evaluators and CES members in Edmonton, Quebec City, and Charlottetown. Everywhere, I have felt a genuine excitement for evaluation and for the work of the Society. Our advocacy has also included reaching out to the person newly in charge of the evaluation function in the government of Quebec and with federal evaluation community. I am pleased to have capped off this last quarter with a welcome letter to the new Prime Minister of Canada urging him to hold to his promises to reinstate the mandatory long form Census.
Your Board of Directors, Fellows, national working group volunteers, Credentialing Board, chapter volunteers, Secretariat, and Executive Director are all working hard to provide you with the best possible services and the most active possible representation of your evaluation interests. In the spirit of staying connected, the Board will be meeting in Regina soon, reaching out to members and evaluation partners in the Prairies on the margins of attending to CES’ national agenda.
Benoît Gauthier, President of the Board of Directors
Your Board of Directors: Gail Barrington (Vice-President), Simon Roy (Treasurer), Robert Chatwin (Secretary; Nova Scotia), Larry Bremner (Past President), Réanne Kinsella (Chair, Communication and Marketing; Newfoundland and Labrador), Kate Woodman (Chair, Professional Learning; Alberta and NWT), Brenda Wedge (Chair, Governance and Process; Prince Edward island), Sidiq Ali (Ontario), Denise Belanger (Manitoba), Jacques Bérard/outgoing, Johann Jacob/incoming (SQEP), Kathy Gerber (National Capital), Maureen Matthew (Saskatchewan), Sandra Sellick (British Columbia and Yukon), Brenda Stead (New Brunswick). Rebecca Mellett (Executive Director).