|Breakfast Session – In a League of Our Own: The CES NCC – Who We Are, What We Expect and How We Connect
In the spring of 2019, a CES National Capital membership scan was conducted for the NCC Board. It launched a new initiative focusing on Chapter membership and partnership development. The NCC Board of Directors, and many other members have been aware of the need to ensure that the Chapter remains vital, attracting and retaining new members and engaging in productive partnerships with related organizations. Conducting the scan was an effort in better understanding “who we are”, “what we expect” and “how we connect”. The scan provided a detailed profile, depicting “where we are now” as a chapter.
Relying on secondary data, the scan examined the demographic and professional characteristics of the CES-NCC membership, and member expectations regarding Chapter functions and services. The scan also explored, via a social network analysis, patterns in members’ attendance at CES-NCC events and CES National Conferences. The Chapter resembles a loose coalition of individual interests, but one that has distinct sub-communities with shared membership characteristics.
This session will present highlights of the findings of the membership scan with the aim of generating a discussion as to what the findings mean for the National Capital Chapter and how they may point to avenues for improvement.
BREAKFAST SESSION: Principles-Focused Evaluation
Principles-driven leaders engage in Principles-based Initiatives that call for Principles-Focused Evaluation. Principles-Focused Evaluation makes principles the focus of evaluation. Three questions are the focus of evaluation: (1) To what extent and in what ways are the principles meaningful to those meant to be guided by the principles? (2) If meaningful, to what extent and in what ways are the principles adhered to? (3) If adhered to, to what extent and in what ways do principles guide results? The session will present and explain the GUIDE approach to developing and evaluating principles. GUIDE calls for principles to be directive, useful, inspiring, adaptable to contexts, and evaluable. Examples of principles-focused initiatives and corresponding principles-focused evaluations will be shared. This innovative approach to evaluation is on the leading edge of the field and is attracting attention around the world as a way of engaging with change and transformation in complex dynamic systems. He will also discuss his forthcoming book on Blue Marble Evaluation, a principles-focused approach to global systems transformation evaluation.
BREAKFAST SESSION: Integrating GBA + in Evaluation, Moving from Rhetoric to Reality
The Government of Canada, has moved over these past few years to bolster its commitment to Gender Equality, both on the domestic and the international scenes.
The Minister for Women and Gender Equality was mandated to champion the integration of Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+), with central agencies, in key Government of Canada processes and planning tools.
To this end, Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department for Women and Gender Equality launched a Primer entitled “Integrating GBA + in Evaluation” (2019). The Primer contains advice for the evaluation community on how to integrate GBA+ into every phase of the evaluation process.
Please join Christine Minas, Director and Champion of the Evaluation Community, from the Results Division of Treasury Board Secretariat and Carol Ann Miller, Senior Policy Analyst, from Department for Women and Gender Equality for a presentation of the Primer. There will be an open discussion on present day challenges for evaluators in integrating GBA plus into federal evaluation work, and what the future may look like.
Christine Minas is a Director in the Results Division at Treasury Board Secretariat and the Champion for the Federal Evaluation Community. She has worked in several federal departments, including many years at Employment and Social Development Canada where she held positions in evaluation, research and policy. Christine is an expert in socio-economic issues across the policy-program-delivery continuum. In the past three years Christine served on the ESDC Mental Health Framework Implementation Committee providing leadership on progress measurement. Recognized for her leadership, Christine actively builds partnerships to achieve results. As a sociologist of work Christine holds degrees from the Universities of Toronto, Alberta and Cambridge (UK).
BREAKFAST SESSION: An Introduction to Foresight with Blaise Hebert, Policy Horizons Canada
BREAKFAST SESSION with Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services Canada
Jean-François Tremblay, Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, will lead a thought-provoking discussion on how evaluation can contribute to meaningful improvements to the ways in which programs and services are delivered and their resulting impacts on people. The federal government, including Indigenous Services Canada, is currently undergoing significant transformation in the way it works with its partners to improve access to high quality services for Indigenous peoples. From its unique vantage point and through meaningful engagement and co-creation with Indigenous partners, evaluators can provide invaluable foresight and advice to leaders while organizations are in the midst of transforming. Mr. Tremblay will discuss his views and insight on the ways in which timely evaluation can add tremendous value to leaders during times of transformative change such as that currently being led by Indigenous Services Canada.
Mr. Tremblay joined the federal public service in 2000 as a policy analyst with the Privy Council Office, holding a variety of responsibilities with Intergovernmental Affairs and the Social Development Policy Secretariat.
Mr. Tremblay holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Université Laval.
David Peckham, Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Indigenous Services Canada
Stay tuned for information about the next breakfast session. You can also see presentations from previous breakfast sessions.