Introductory Level Courses

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion 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
October 1 – December 31, 2023 Federally-focused Virtual Click here to read more and to register

October 1 – December 31, 2023


Register here for the Fall 2023 series
Please download the Fall 2023 registration form here

This virtually facilitated Essential Skills Series will consist of five synchronous sessions held over zoom, and 10 self-paced modules completed through the E-Institute platform. The 60-minute synchronous sessions will include a presentation, special guests, and opportunities for Q&A.

This session will be facilitated by Steve Montague of The Performance Management Network (PMN).


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

Register here for the Fall 2023 series
Please download the Fall 2023 registration form here