February 2020

CES has developed a new strategic plan that reinforces 3 strategic priorities:

1. Elevate the professionalization of evaluation, 2. Attract, retain and engage members, 3. Educate users of evaluation, and it introduces 3 guiding principles: 1. Seamless member experience, 2. Diversity, equity and inclusiveness, and 3. Sustainability. The plan incorporates feedback from CES Chapters, Committees, Working Groups, other internal groups and partners. The plan is in the final stages of development and will be launched online and through your local Chapter in the coming months. Look for the presentation “The Role of the Canadian Evaluation Society in Achieving Evaluation Use; Professional Development & Professionalization, Memberships & Community Development, and Advocacy” at the CES conference in Ottawa to learn more. 

We have been working hard to strengthen our governance and have renewed the CES policies and procedures  , and have been undergoing consultation on important topics such as ethics  , diversity equity and inclusion, and sustainability  . The new Yukon Chapter conducted its first AGM and hosted a presentation by Larry Bremner on Building Bridges Between Evaluation and Indigenous Communities.

To support students and emerging evaluators, we are working closely with CESEF and CUEE to continue to provide opportunities for learning, researching and gaining experience in evaluation. A New Practitioner category of membership has been introduced to ensure that graduates can maintain their CES membership while they build their career in evaluation, and we are introducing a Student and Emerging Evaluator Representative on the CES Board of Directors so that we can respond to the needs of students and emerging evaluators and ensure that they are actively engaged in CES and aware of the opportunities available to them. We have a new policy on research   that prioritizes Canadian researchers and seeks to disseminate learning from research on evaluation. The Credentialing Board   has recently gone through a renewal process, with new members bringing a diversity of perspectives.

CES continues to provide professional learning through the national conference, Chapter events, webinars, CJPE book club  , and the e-Institute. The theme of this year’s conference is Evaluation Utilization: Achieving Our Potential? Delegates will explore how utilization is positioned, how we achieve evaluation utilization, and ask questions about who defines utilization, what interests are reflected, and what is the role of evaluators in promoting the involvement of disenfranchised groups promoting evaluation use. The conference will bring together delegates from across the Americas and around the world.

Chapters are not only providing quality professional learning and networking events on topics like data visualization, culturally-responsive evaluation, evaluation tools, Excel and survey methods, but they are also collaborating on professional learning of mutual interest, as in the Maritime Chapters. I had the privilege of presenting workshops and attending meetings in the Maritimes, where I witnessed the incredible commitment of the Maritime Chapters, who collaborate to better serve their members, with vibrant results.

CES continues to collaborate with international VOPEs, with Harry Cummings serving as Treasurer for IOCE, Benoit Gauthier serving as President of the Francophone Evaluation Network (RFE), and CES delegates participating on committees and working groups promoting evaluation education and competencies. 

We look forward to an active 2020! Join events of interest to you such as engaging special populations, visual methods, data visualization, essential skills, developmental evaluation, focus groups, surveys, logic models and theories of change and qualitative analysis. Participate in a CJPE Book Club Webinar, register for an e-Institute course   on evaluation theories and models or survey methods. We hope to see you in Ottawa to celebrate 40 years of CES. See a full list of CES volunteer opportunities   and bring your energy and ideas to a committee or working group.

Thank you for your membership in CES- your collective dedication to professional practice, research, reflection and contributing to a broader community are what makes us come to life.

Sarah Farina MA, CE


May 2019

As we look forward to gathering at c2019 in Halifax, it’s my pleasure to share some of the highlights from CES. We have much to celebrate this year.

Our ability to deliver high quality professional learning has been supported through the active work of Chapters, contributors from across Canada sharing via webinar, and the development of a solid evaluation curriculum through the e-Institute. The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation has reached an important milestone, becoming an open-source resource.

Scott Kettles joined as Manager of Operations and Member Services. This has enabled us to focus on member services, supporting Chapters, and creating systems to meet the growing technological needs of our members, including providing platforms for meetings and webinars, engaging members through discussion and e-votes, and documenting technological requirements for a seamless member experience.

Our Professional Designation Program (PDP) is maturing, with a renewal of the Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice and the Credentialing Board. We are actively working to enhance the diversity of the Credentialing Board to reflect the diversity of members. The number of credentialed evaluators is growing, and agencies are increasingly recognizing the credential.

We are always striving to employ good governance practices, building sound management, ethical conduct and effectiveness into our processes. A review of CES Ethics Guidance is underway, and we look forward to reviewing the results and updating Society processes.  We are increasing transparency through a quicker turnaround of draft minutes so that Chapter representatives can update and consult with their Chapters about emerging issues and are posting more information on the website and sharing it through the e-news. We will also be considering the best structure to support the new strategic plan, with the goal of facilitating excellent work and clear communication.

Overall the Society is thriving across the country. We are seeing a growth in conference attendance, engagement with Chapter events, professional development opportunities and networking. We continue to receive essential support from sponsors, who are important members, vendors and partners. Through this high degree of engagement, we continue to be able to support a range of members, in cooperation with the CES Educational Fund and Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education, including students and emerging evaluators, as well as all members at different stages and from different disciplines. We also hope to engage the Fellows more actively to build support for evaluation at all levels.

CES remains committed to Reconciliation and the Board will be focusing on Reconciliation at the fall meeting with the intention of hosting an interactive conversation at c2020 about how evaluators and CES can respond to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We’ve made some exciting advances in incorporating our values across the organization, introducing a number of initiatives from the Sustainability Working Group to the Halifax and Ottawa conferences, building in a Greening Rubric to measure our progress. A sustainability stocktaking exercise is underway, and preliminary results will be presented at the AGM. The Diversity Working Group has completed a desk review to inform a CES Diversity Framework. The Board has asked that all CES processes include not only a statement about diversity but also a process for supporting it.

It has been my honour to Chair the strategic planning process, where we have consulted with external and internal stakeholders to determine strategic priorities for the organization. I look forward to presenting an early form of the CES Strategic Plan at the upcoming AGM, and invite members to share their thoughts.

It’s been a privilege working with the dedicated volunteers throughout the organization, including the CES Board, Working Groups, Committees, Chapters, and Fellows. Hundreds of CES members have contributed volunteer time through CES national and Chapters, supporting the ongoing success and development of Volunteer Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) around the world, as well as planning and hosting the national CES conference.

Thank you for being part of CES, and please contact me with any questions or to discuss your ideas.

Warm regards,
Sarah Farina, CE
Canadian Evaluation Society



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