Annual Learning Event

February 28, 2024
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

We are excited to announce that the next Annual Learning Event (ALE) will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

This year’s ALE Theme is Integrate. Facilitate. Elevate: Skills for Now and the Future. From integrating lenses into your evaluation practice to providing effective leadership all while ensuring your skills stay sharp in this rapidly changing environment. Over the course of the day, you’ll explore engaging conversations and exciting insights from the following streams:

Over the course of the last few years we have learned about the importance of gender based analysis, diversity, equity, inclusion, active reconciliation, accessibility, and climate change. How can we do better at incorporating these lenses into our work?


Communication and leadership are critical skills for evaluators. An effective evaluator engages diverse voices, obtains buy-in, scopes a project that balances everyone’s needs and provides a value-add product that is digestible and makes an impact.


Explore and incorporate the latest trends and promising practices into your methodologies along with the cutting-edge skills needed to succeed in the evaluation field. Learn how to enhance your evaluation products in today’s rapidly changing environment.

NEW! Post-ALE Training


Your 2022 ALE Organizing Committee

Your 2022 ALE Organizing Committee


February 23, 2023
The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

We are excited to announce the return of the Annual Learning Event (ALE) which will be held on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

This ALE will focus on what makes us evaluators by understanding more theoretical foundations of evaluation (who we are), by applying more technical skills (what we do), and why it matters.



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Inclusion and Diversity in Evaluation

The 2019 CES-NCC Annual Learning Event (ALE), the local conference for evaluators in the area, will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (at the Hampton Inn).

This year’s event focuses on inclusion and diversity, as they apply to evaluation in a wide variety of different ways: how evaluation processes can be inclusive of a broad range of stakeholders; how diversity and inclusion can be measured; how a wide variety of organizations can access evaluation processes; and diversity in the field of evaluation.

The day will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Greene (Professor Emerita, University of Illinois), as well as three streams of breakout sessions: Inclusive Evaluation; Measuring Equity and Diversity; and Inclusion in Action. Finally, the day will close with a panel of federal government evaluators discussing how their organizations have implemented inclusion and diversity considerations in their evaluations, with particular focus on Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+). This is a fantastic opportunity to develop new competencies and connect, learn and share with peers.

In addition, a half-day workshop will be presented on February 25th by Dr. Greene to complement the offerings of the ALE.

Selected Strategies for Integrative Mixed Methods Data Analysis


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