Call for Submissions for the Canadian Evaluation Society’s 40th National Conference by Nancy Carter, Andrealisa Belzer and Louise Adongo

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We are Nancy Carter, Andrealisa Belzer and Louise Adongo and as Co-chairs for the 2019 Canadian Evaluation Society’s 40th annual conference we are excited to invite you to submit a proposal for presentations, posters and pre-conference workshops.

Hot Tip: The deadline to submit proposals is December 14, 2018 by 11:59 pm AST;

Rad Resource: Check out details for submitting here

The conference is being held in Halifax Nova Scotia from May 27th – 29th, with pre-conference workshops taking place on May 26.  Nova Scotia, known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground”, is a Maritime province located within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.  Nova Scotia is also home to rich Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Celtic history and culture.

Province of Nova Scotia
Image credit: Province of Nova Scotia (click to see larger image)

Hot Tip: Submissions should connect to our conference theme: Bridges. Since two bridges span the Halifax harbour, our theme is geographically relevant; however, the term “bridges” also evokes wider connotations to the field of evaluation that we’ve captured in three sub-themes:

Bridges that connect: Invites conversations about the connections built, sustained, or strengthened through evaluation and is an opportunity to share experiences about building and traveling bridges to overcome obstacles to evaluation. Evaluators also build bridges to strengthen stakeholder relationships and to help programs reach their goals.

Sustaining and using bridges: This sub-theme inspires conversations about how to build sustainable connections that can weather storms and be adapted as needed to remain useful. We invite delegates to discuss established bridges in need of up-keep or new supports, as well as those that are no longer useful or relevant.

Stories from the ship’s bridge: A bridge can be ‘the elevated platform from which the captain steers a ship.’ This subtheme conjures notions of complex system evaluation and is an opportunity for delegates to share experiences from the “ship’s bridge” as evaluative leaders guiding the way through stormy weather and fair skies.

Hot Tip: We strongly encourage interactive and engaging presentations that align with the competencies for Canadian evaluators. Pre-Conference workshops should offer opportunities for participants to develop, reinforce or advance their capacity for doing and using evaluation, and submissions should specify which competencies will be addressed in the workshop.

Rad Resource: You can learn more about the Canadian Evaluation Society and on becoming a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) on our National Website.

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