Student Blog

  • 29 May 2016 15:18 | Anonymous member


            When: 11 Jun 2016 from 13:00 - 15:00

    Location: Multipurpose Room Located at 1 Kingsway, Vancouver

    Featuring guest speaker Sarah Farina, Principal of Broadleaf Consulting & President of the CESBCY.

    The meet-up will begin with an informal networking session, followed by a presentation by guest speaker, Sarah Farina. Sarah will speak about her experience and perspective on breaking in to the evaluation field and becoming a leader in the community. Her presentation will provide practical career advice geared towards new and emerging evaluators, followed by a Q&A session.

    Our goal is for people just entering the profession to be able to connect with their peers, share resources, ask questions, and build their comfort as evaluators in a casual and welcoming setting


    Registration is free but space is limited.

    Please sign up at

    Drinks & light snacks will be provided

    For more information or for accessibility related requests, please contact event organizers:

    Carolyn Camman

    Michelle Naimi 

  • 08 Mar 2016 12:47 | Anonymous member

     Hi all,

    This past Saturday’s inaugural CESBCY Meet-Up for new and emerging evaluators was a success! We had a great turn out and some really great ideas were generated from attendees.  In one segment of the meeting, we broke up into small discussion groups to talk about the following questions: things you want to see done for N & E evaluators; things to share with other evaluators; questions you’d like answered.

     Here are the ideas the groups came up with:

     A. Things You Want to See Done for N & E Evaluators

     I. Learning, Skills Development & Practice

     -          Panel with experienced evaluators

     -          One-off skills courses for unaffiliated students

     -          Lunch & learns

     -          Access to training: hands on, in person, for low/no cost

     -          Training/practice opportunities

     -          Panel with experienced evaluators

     -          Evaluation ‘hackathons’ (evaluation team competitions [for non-students])

     -          A location to practice evaluation skills with others with group feedback

    II. Mentoring

     -          Mentoring to connect new and emerging evaluators with experienced evaluators

     -          Mentorship and professional development series

     -          On-going mentorship

     III. Social & Networking (in-person)

     -          Meet-ups

     -          More networking opportunities for partnership/mentorship with established evaluators

     -          Social events

     -          Local networking group

     IV. Online Social Networking

     -          Social media group (ie. Facebook)

     -          Hub connection for evaluators


    B. Things to Share with Other Evaluators

     -          CES Program mentorship

     -          CES Essential Skills series

     -          Federal Government 5 year evaluation policy

     -          Listen to the groups you work with, hear their needs

     -          Book: Evaluation A to Z by Alkin

     -          Be a mentor to others, share your ideas

     -          Be aware of your area of interest and challenges of working outside that scope

     -          Know how to use FluidSurvey and any other software we should know


    C. Questions You’d Like Answered

     -          What is an appropriate salary range? What should we be charging?

               How to you get experience/foot in the door?

     -          Who has experience helping clients choose/design appropriate data storage solutions (database vs. spreadsheet)?


     What do you think? Have any other ideas to contribute? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please visit our online ‘Suggestion Box’ at and tell us your ideas on any or all of these questions!

  • 18 Feb 2016 11:27 | Anonymous member

    Meet-Up for New & Emerging Evaluators

    We are organizing a meet-up for new (and recently new!) evaluators in the Vancouver area. Our goal is for people just entering the profession to be able to connect with their peers, share resources, ask questions, and build their comfort as evaluators in a casual and welcoming setting. With enough interest, we hope to use these meet-ups as a platform for other events, including evaluation discussion topics and invited speakers.

    By “new & emerging”, we mean:

    • Those interested in starting a career in evaluation (e.g., current students, recent grads, professionals from other fields)
    • Those who have been doing evaluation work either full- or part-time for 5 years or less

     We encourage anyone who self-identifies as a new and/or emerging evaluator to come take part in this event. It will be a casual networking event with facilitation by two experienced evaluators


    Saturday, March 5th 2016

    Mount Pleasant Community Centre

    Multipurpose Room 3

    Located at 1 Kingsway, Vancouver

    2pm to 3pm

    The room is on the second floor, accessible by stairs and by elevator in the main lobby. It is wheelchair accessible and there are public bathrooms in the building. The library is close to major transit routes and there is pay parking available in the garage below.

    Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

     The event is free, but please register to let us to track how many people are attending. Registration form:

    For more information or for accessibility-related requests, please contact the event organizers:


                   Carolyn Camman                                          Michelle Naimi

                           CES-BCY Student Engagement




  • 25 Jan 2016 13:21 | Anonymous member

    Hi students,

    The 2016 Student Case Competition is well underway! It is a great way for students to build their evaluation skills using real life cases and represent the BC and Yukon region on the national stage!

    The way it works is this: In February, teams of students from universities and colleges from across Canada assess a case and submit their response via the internet. Teams are comprised of three to five students and may come from any faculty. They may compete in English or French.

    Team submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges and the top three teams are invited to assess a new case and present in front of a live audience at the CES annual conference. All finalists receive funding for their travel and conference fees, and the winning team is presented with the competition plaque.

    Registration closes on Sunday, January 31st, 2016 so get your teams together and get practising!

    If you have any questions or need any assistance, the competition website is a great place to start, including past cases and team submissions as well as competition rules and FAQs. Check it out at:

    Good luck!


  • 11 Sep 2015 18:49 | Anonymous member


    You may have heard that the CESBCY Evaluation Conference is being held in Vancouver, BC on Friday, November 20, 2015. This year’s focus is on evaluations of non-profit initiatives across the province. Its theme “Collaboration, Contribution and Collective Impact” is a tribute to the contributions of evaluation to gathering and analyzing data, communicating and sharing learning, and engaging in practices that shift thinking to support system-wide improvement. 

    Students are strongly being encouraged to participate in the conference and there are a variety of ways you can do so:

    1.          Student presentations
    Evaluation students from across the region will be presenting on projects relating to the theme of the conference.

    2.      Buddy program
    Interested students can be paired up with a seasoned evaluator “buddy” to help students feel more comfortable and well-oriented at the conference and gain a better understanding of evaluation practice by exchanging with an experienced peer.
    Click here for more information.
    To register, please visit Volunteer Spot at

    3.        Reduced Student Registration Fees

    To make the conference as accessible as possible for students, there is also a reduced early bird rate for students. The special rate is available before/on October 9, 2015.    

    4.      Bursaries
    To make the conference as accessible as possible for students, the BC Yukon chapter of the CES is offering bursaries to students attending and/or participating in the conference. The bursary application deadline in September 25, 2015.
    For information on applying for a bursary
    click here

    5. Volunteer
    Students can gain a variety of skills by volunteering at the conference.
    To sign up, please visit Volunteer Spot at


    For more information on the conference, you can visit

    This conference will be a great way to learn more about the field of evaluation and meet fellow evaluators from across the region!

  • 03 Aug 2015 19:48 | Anonymous member

    Hello fellow evaluation students!

    One important and valuable way to learn about evaluation is to hear about other, seasoned evaluators and their perspectives on working in the field. This post is from Jasmina Fatic about her experience as an evaluator:

    "Evaluation is so multifaceted in nature and the experiences of evaluators can be very diverse depending on the evaluators’ backgrounds and the environments in which they operate. For example, evaluators can operate internally within an organization or externally, providing a third party review. They may have a background in business, in a social science, or in a field such as education, communications, or economics.

    I have been an evaluator for over six years and the profession has provided me with diversity, challenge, and reward at the same time. What I enjoy most about being an evaluator is the opportunity to work on challenging projects across many sectors and with diverse stakeholder groups. As an evaluator, I systematically investigate the quality and effectiveness of programs that range in scope and size, and I produce information for various audiences including senior government officials, decision makers, program managers and program users. These audiences utilize the evaluation findings in many different ways, including accountability, improvement, and learning.

    Although I did not know much about program evaluation when I graduated from UBC, I was exposed to the area when I joined a small Vancouver-based management consulting firm in 2008. There, I gained a few years of experience with everything from proposal writing to framework development, analysis to reporting. I then joined a larger firm which was eager to expand its consulting practice.  I am currently a Senior Consultant with MNP LLP’s Vancouver-based Advisory Services Practice. I have worked on numerous program evaluations in a range of areas spanning health care, tourism, education, forestry, Aboriginal, and social services. Through my project experience, I have developed the necessary evaluation competencies, such as:

    ·         Preparing evaluation frameworks that outline evaluation criteria, questions and performance measures;

    ·         Developing data collection tools, such as survey questionnaires and interview guides, to collect the necessary information about the programs/services being evaluated; and

    ·         Analyzing data and triangulating findings from each source in order to identify emerging themes that provide meaningful information to decision-makers.

    I am fortunate to work with a great team of professionals including economists, statisticians and business professionals whose expertise I can always count on. As an evaluator, one can become part of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) which promotes leadership, knowledge, advocacy and professional development. My involvement with the CES has enabled me to connect and share knowledge with fellow evaluators, and assist with the planning of workshops and conferences.

    Being an evaluator is a highly rewarding occupation that always keeps things exciting! Those seeking to conduct systematic analyses, improve program performance, and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders should consider a career in program evaluation.

    Examples of some past evaluations conducted by MNP’s Advisory Services Practice are provided on the following websites:




    Jasmina Fatic

    Senior Consultant, Advisory Services, MNP LLP

    T: 778 374 2111 E:

  • 16 Jun 2015 09:59 | Anonymous member

    Hello Evaluation students!

    Welcome to the first post of the CES BCY student blog. Evaluation students from across BC and the Yukon are attending a variety of programs and gaining a diverse range of skills and experiences.  In this blog, we will explore these new theories and practical applications, discuss common issues that we face as evaluation students, and help each other become stronger evaluators.

    The goal of this blog is for us, as students, to learn from each other and build a stronger network of evaluators. If you have any topic areas you'd like to see posted here, please feel free to email me at

    Thank you

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