Introductory Level Courses

Learning Opportunity Fund

Open to CES-NCC members who are from underrepresented groups or sectors, the Fund will help to cover costs associated with participating in CES-NCC professional development events including training sessions, webinars, and the essential skills series.

More information about the Fund is available on the Fund’s application form.

Essential Skills Series

Dates Series Location Link
June 13-14 and 20-21, 2024 General In-person Click here to read more and to register

June 13-14 and 20-21, 2024

In-person at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

Register here for the June 2024 series
Please download the June 2024 registration form here

This facilitated Essential Skills Series will consist of four days of in-person learning.

This session will be facilitated by François Dumaine and Brigitte Bouchard of PRA Inc.


We will be limiting group size to 20 to ensure maximum benefit to participants.

The Essential Skills Series was completely re-designed in 2014 by the Canadian Evaluation Society incorporating state-of-the-art thinking and modern adult learning principles.

Prior knowledge of evaluation, or of social science research methods, is not required, and this course is geared towards individuals who are new to evaluation. On completion, participants to this four-day course will be equipped to enter and participate in the evaluation field and to develop as evaluation professionals. Graduates will be able to describe in basic terms 28 core evaluation concepts – from the uses and benefits of evaluation through common data collection methods to evaluation ethics and standards – and will gain elementary experience in six core practices – from creating logic models to writing findings statements.

Here’s an overview of the topics discussed in this course:

  • Foundations of evaluation
  • Evaluation objectives and roles
  • Program profiling
  • Evaluation questions
  • Evaluation indicators
  • Common research methods
  • Evaluation design
  • Data collection
  • Data management and analysis
  • Synthesizing evidence
  • Communicating evaluation findings

The courses and handout material will be in English only