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February 27, 2014

The Clock is Ticking! 2 Weeks Left to Submit Workshop Proposals

The pre-conference workshops have been one of the highlights of the annual Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) conference for several years. Not only do these workshops give delegates a chance to settle in and change gears from their daily schedules, but they provide the opportunity for hands-on, interactive exploration of a variety of skills or knowledge areas. To that end, CES Toronto 2013 is currently calling for proposals for the June workshops, and you have two weeks left in which to get your submission in.

Focus on Professional Development

In a shift from previous years, the CES Toronto 2013 team is planning to offer more professional development workshops this year than were available before.

a€?One thing we can confidently boast about is our plan to offer at least 50% more PD workshops than were available in Halifax,a€? says Dayna Albert, chair of the 2013 workshop committee. To achieve this, says Albert, the team is pursuing a range of exciting topics and inspiring presenters for this year.

Feedback from Halifax 2012

During the annual conference in Halifax last year, workshop topics ranged from cleaning up evaluation data to mapping evaluation outcomes. The team has taken close account of CES membersa€? feedback gleaned from the 2012 membership survey. Based on the feedback, the 2013 conference expects to offer more intermediate and advanced level workshops, and is searching out and inviting various top-rated evaluation facilitators to submit proposals for 2013. This year, workshops will take place ahead of the conference on Sunday June 9th.

Submitting a Proposal

If youa€?re interested in submitting a proposal for a pre-conference workshop, you can visit the submission guidelines section of the CES Toronto 2013 website and download the necessary form for completion. Apart from entering your preferred time slot and workshop title, youa€?re required to specify the learning objectives and the prerequisite skills and knowledge, if any, that delegates need to participate.

We also ask you to include details such as:

  1. your subject matter expertise,
  2. your experience in facilitation,
  3. a brief outline of the subject matter content, and
  4. the proposed method of delivering the content.

Next Steps

Once we receive your proposal, our proposal review team will evaluate it in terms of the criteria listed on the submissions page.

We’ll finalize our selection process and notify the facilitators by mid-February, at which time we’ll publish the list of workshops on our website, says Albert. Right now, anyone who believes they can add value to the CES Toronto 2013 conference should compile their submission and get it in to us before January 30th, 2013.a€?

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Toronto Hosts 34th Annual Evaluation Conference: Be a Part of It

The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) has been hosting conferences on the discipline of evaluation since 1980. From the very first event, held in May 1980 in Toronto, the aim of the annual conference has been to bring together thought leaders and practitioners to share and discuss the latest trends and issues in monitoring and evaluation.  CES 2013 is no exception, as we set out in June this year to explore evaluation across boundaries in four specific areas.

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The 34th annual evaluation conference will take place in Toronto

Former Conferences

Looking back on the past 34 years, we can see how the strands have woven together to bring us to this point. From the very first conference theme Evaluation: The Canadian ChallengeÂ the CES has been focused on the development and improvement of the theory, practice and use of monitoring and evaluation, and ways in which we can strengthen our profession.

During the second half of the 1980s, the emphasis shifted towards practicalities. Integrating evaluation with management practices took the attention of our delegates one year, while accountability and limited resources gave the nod to the difficult economy we were experiencing after the 1987 economic downturn. During the 1990s we dealt with issues of diversity and the changing face of program evaluation, as we raced towards the new millennium and all the challenges it presented.

Since the arrival of the new century, we’ve focused on a more holistic approach, such as:

▪   culture, community and the sharing of heritage

▪   transparency and accountability

▪   the value of diversity, and

▪   environmental sustainability

These monitoring and evaluation conferences took place in various centres, but we’ve never missed a year!

2013 Venue

This year, we’ll be holding the annual conference at Toronto’s iconic Fairmont Royal York hotel in early June. It’s a fitting setting for CES Toronto 2013; the hotel’s history is testament to the longevity of a well-run organization. With a strong environmental program in place, the Royal York is taking on the challenges of the second decade of the new millennium with ease and grace.

Be a Part of It

No, it’s not New York, New York like the song says – but if you want to be a part of it all the same, now’s your chance. CES Toronto 2013 will focus on four distinct conference strands:


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