CES – Ontario is pleased to announce that the chapter’s 24rd Annual General Meeting will be held online on June 23, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The move to an online AGM is in response to both the COVID pandemic and to our members’ desire for more online formats accessible to evaluators across Ontario.

Register online here!

Why Attend the AGM?
The AGM is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn more about recent chapter activities and how we plan to address feedback from our recent members survey;
  • Elect new board members and approve any bylaw changes;
  • Participate in the annual Learning Event.

Event Agenda:

9:30 AM-11:00 AM: AGM presentation: report back on 2019/20 activities and plans to address strategic plan and results of members survey

11:00-11:10 AM: 10-minute bio break

11:10AM-12:00PM: Learning Event: Re-imagining Evaluation Criteria: Learning Lessons from the Pandemic

We will distribute the Annual General Meeting package, including a full agenda, Annual Report, and audited financial statements, to all CES members and event attendees prior to the event.

About the Learning Event:

Re-imagining Evaluation Criteria: Learning Lessons from the Pandemic

Evaluators have long debated on the criteria that should be used to evaluate interventions. The criteria are linked to both the purpose of the evaluation and also to the type of intervention under consideration. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has argued for the following criteria in its recent updating. They include: (1) Relevance (Is the intervention doing the right thing?); (2) Coherence (How well does the intervention fit?) (3) Effectiveness (Is the intervention achieving its objectives?); (4) Efficiency (How well are resources being used?); (5) Impact (What difference does the intervention make?); (6) Sustainability (will the benefits last?)

In light of experiences that interventions have had with the recent pandemic, we will explore if these criteria are sufficient to understand the value added of interventions. We also will explore these criteria in light of the focus of the Sustainable Development Goals of “no one left behind.” The focus of this presentation will be on understanding how such criteria shape our imagination and measurement of how programs work, how programs can be designed to address inequities and the types of evaluation approaches that capture the value-added of interventions

About the Speaker:

Sanjeev Sridharan is Country Lead, Learning Systems and Systems Evaluation at the India Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sanjeev was the Founding Director of the Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at St. Michaels Hospital and Associate Professor at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Prior to his position at Toronto, he was the Head of the Evaluation Program and Senior Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change at the University of Edinburgh. He is a former associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and has been on the boards of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation and the Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning.

Nominations and Elections

June 8, 2020: nomination deadline has been extended from June 8, 2020 to June 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM

CES Ontario is a working volunteer board, where directors have direct impact on organization strategy and operations. Benefits of joining the CES Ontario Board of Directors include:

  • Learn how a non-profit works inside-out in a dynamic business environment;
  • Build your leadership and interpersonal skills by influencing teams/ individuals to achieve specific strategic and operational goals;
  • Receive a $250 professional development bursary for each year served in addition to board-wide PD and training opportunities;
  • Connect with a broader network within the evaluation community and give back to the profession;
  • Experience how an organization functions effectively in a virtual environment. As our directors are spread across the Province, we have been meeting remotely for years. Our virtual set-up is a distinct advantage for those who want to volunteer safely during the current pandemic.

Nominations for 2020-23 Term

This year the Board is recruiting for four (4) vacancies for the upcoming 3-year term and has nine (9) in-term or continuing directors for a Board total of thirteen (13) directors. Chapter members who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • Are members-in-good-standing, able to secure support for their nomination;
  • Have leadership experience serving on a Board of Directors or as a Committee/ work group member, either in their professional or volunteer roles;
  • Have experience and expertise in any of the following areas:
    • Governance development with experience in change management within the social, public or corporate sectors
    • Communications, marketing and social within the education, training and/or social sector
    • Partnership Development within the social and public sectors
    • Grant development and fundraising in the social and public sectors
    • Volunteer recruitment and management
    • Instructional design for adult learners particularly in the online space
  • Can commit to 4-6 volunteer hours per month including a 2-hour monthly virtual meeting; and
  • Believe in our vision and mission, and in upholding our organizational values (see here).

I’m interested. How do I proceed with my nomination? 

Complete the nomination form (see here), provide your current resume and a cover letter (750 words or less) outlining why you’re interested in volunteering with CES Ontario’s Board of Directors and which specific role/expertise you bring to the board, and the names and contact details of two (2) references.

Submit the above to nominations@evaluationontario.ca by Friday June 12, 2020  at 11:59pm. Please note that members of the Nomination Committee cannot support a nomination due to conflict of interest. The Nominations Committee will review all eligible applications, and applicants may be invited for a discussion with a member of the Committee.

Successful applicants will be invited to provide their name and biography for inclusion into the Slate of Nominees, which is presented to the members at the Annual General Meeting for their review and election to the Board of Directors on June 23, 2020. For more detailed information, please review Article 7 from the Chapter Bylaw, approved 2019. Please contact the Nominations Committee at nominations@evaluationontario.ca for more information.