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Eval Cafe: Evaluation Mentoring to Support EDI
October 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
From the Meetup description:
The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) values mentorship as an important facet to evaluation learning, and currently offers an informal self-directed mentoring initiative that enables members of the CES to voluntarily register as a mentor, mentee, or both (https://mentoring.evaluationcanada.org/). As CES is launching a new Association Management System, there is an opportunity to enhance the features and usability of the mentoring platform to better meet the needs of our members. With an increased focused on diversity & inclusion in the evaluation field and within CES, this new mentoring platform can be developed in a way to bring a more diverse group of new practitioners into the practice from an EDI lens. This Evaluation Café session will discuss the importance of mentoring in the lens of inclusion, and the potential benefits for consultants and new practitioners from equity-deserving groups, as well as look at how the CES mentoring platform can further support EDI moving forward.
This session will be facilitated by:
Cassandra Parsons is a senior evaluation consultant with Ference & Company, an independent research and evaluation firm based on Vancouver, BC. She is an emerging evaluator who has been in the field for almost three years with an interest and focus on health and social programs. Cassandra is currently the student & emerging evaluator representative for the CES Board, and leads the ongoing Mentorship Platform Initiative.
Natalie Kishchuk, CE, FCES, has worked as an independent evaluation consultant for close to 30 years, with mandates in health and social services, community development, and research, for various types of organizations and levels of government. An active volunteer in CES since the 1990’s, she was its Vice-President in 2017-19. Now mostly retired, she is a member of the Fellows’ executive and its representative on the CES National Board.