Annual Learning Event

Date: February 13, 2018
Location: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Rd, Ottawa, ON
Theme: Principled Evaluation: should I give a s*#T?
View the agenda for the ALE.

Registration Instructions: Download the registration form or register online.

The 2018 CES-NCC Annual Learning Event (ALE), the local conference for evaluators in the area, will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (at the Hampton Inn).

This year’s event focuses on the values that define us as professional evaluators – our principles.

Supplementing this years event is a webinar given by Michael Quinn Patton on February 12, 2018 from 1-4 pm that will introduce principles-focused evaluation. Register to this workshop. Space is limited to 50 participants. Cost: $50 for individuals registered for the ALE event. $100 for those not registered for the ALE event.

The day will feature three steams:

Stream 1: Canadian Evaluation Society Principles in Evaluation Practice will examine the relevance and adequacy of CES Principles – competence, integrity and accountability – for meeting the challenges of how we plan, design, conduct, manage, and communicate evaluation

Stream 2: Principles in Government of Canada Research and Evaluation will highlight the implications of conducting evaluations in a “neutral manner and with integrity”.  This will be compared to the far more detailed and demanding standards in the Government of Canada’s 2014 Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans, 2nd edition.

Stream 3: Navigating Ethical Dilemmas and Challenges in Program Evaluation will look at ways to engage constructively in ethical dialogue in order to reach solutions to the issues faced by evaluators. As professional challenges arise to our competence, integrity and accountability, this stream will recount actual experiences and dilemmas and/or propose avenues of resolution.

The day will feature a plenary keynote address by Dr. Michael Morris, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of New Haven, who will address recurrent challenges to our principles, and that competent evaluators must be ethical evaluators. Dr. Harry Cummings, CES President, will present his views on why ethical guidelines is a high priority for CES. Also, Dr. Emilie Peter will speak about evaluation ethical standards and challenges, as well as respecting stakeholders’ rights during design and implementation of an evaluation. Susan Zimmerman will speak on research ethics and its relevance to program evaluation. Finally, Michael Quinn Patton will contribute virtually to the closing plenary discussion from the perspective presented in his latest publication Principles-Focused Evaluation: The Guide.

This year’s event will enable you to choose from a number of potential offerings to build your own customized professional development activity. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new competencies and connect, learn and share with peers.

We have significantly reduced the registration fee this year. The rates are as follows:

Early Bird Rate – Until January 15th, 2017

  • CES Member – $250.00 + HST
  • CES Full-Time Student Member – $50 + HST
  • CES Not for Profit – $125 + HST
  • Non-Member – $445 + HST
  • Non-Member, Student – $150 + HST
  • Non-Member, Not for Profit – $225 + HST

Regular Rate (After January 15th, 2018)

  • CES Member – $275.00 + HST
  • CES Full-Time Student Member – $50 + HST
  • CES Not for Profit – $150 + HST
  • Non-Member – $ 470 + HST
  • Non-Member, Student – $150 + HST
  • Non-Member, Not for Profit – $250 + HST

Notes: The difference between the member and non-member rates is the inclusion of a one-year CES membership. Upon purchase of a non-member rate, you will be sent a membership form via email. To be eligible for the not-for-profit rate, your primary employer must either be a registered charity or have non-profit corporation status. If you are registering as a student, please scan a copy of your student ID to submit with your registration.

Supporting sponsors include:


Presentations from previous ALEs are available through the CES Grey Literature (available to CES members only).