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Our History

The CES was first incorporated in May, 1981. Over the years, the CES has continued to evolve, establishing initiatives that continue to be important to the field of evaluation in Canada. The following are some of our achievements:

  • CES has organized annual conferences since 1980, touring all regions of Canada and providing first-rate access to professional development to its members.
     
  • Regional chapters were established over the years; there are now 11 chapters which are tasked with providing local services to members and with building a sense of community among evaluators.
     
  • In 1985, the CES began publishing the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (CJPE), the only evaluation journal publishing articles both in French and English.
     
  • An award program was established in 1985 to recognize contribution to evaluation in Canada and to celebrate exceptional service to the Society.
     
  • In 1996, the National Capital Chapter of CES launched the Student Case Competition in order to help students gain exposure to evaluation; the Competition was later taken under National wings. Other student awards were also created and are now managed by the CES Educational Fund.
     
  • The CES developed the Essential Skills Series (ESS) in 1999, introducing learners to foundational skills in evaluation. The ESS has been periodically re-designed (most recently in 2014) and continues to be a key professional development opportunity for new evaluators. CES has developed intermediate-level courses in recent years and continues to complement its offer in this regard.
     
  • In 2001, CES started developing an active website to offer electronic services like a literature database, the on-line delivery of the CJPE, the distribution of job and contract opportunities, and a weekly e-newsletter.
     
  • The CES is one of the founders and an active member of the Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education in Canada (CUEE), established in 2008.
     
  • In 2009, the CES became the first evaluation society in the world to create a professional designation credentialing program.
     
  • CES initiated the use of on-line webinars in 2012 to support the professional development of its members.
     
  • In 2016, the CES acquired an on-line learning system and broke the distance barrier in delivering professional development 

Today the CES has approximately 1,800 members. It is an active force in the world of evaluation.