Request For Proposals: Early Years Centres’ Evaluation

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to identify an evaluation team to conduct a process and outcomes evaluation of the Early Years Centres. The evaluation will inform the Early Years Branch and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation as they assess and refine the model. The overall purpose of the evaluation is to examine if the program model and implementation are having an impact on the objectives and outcomes as described in the program logic model and evaluation framework. An Evaluation Advisory Committee (EAC) has been established to support this evaluation project.

The NSHRF has been identified to facilitate the RFP process including selection of the successful evaluation team. The NSHRF will take an active role in the on-going management of the project and will administer the project including facilitating agreement between the successful evaluation team and the project partners, distribution of project funds, monitoring of deliverables and reporting. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Detailed Time Frame

The Early Years Centre Evaluation Project will commence in January 2014 and is targeted for completion in September 2019.
The RFP  posting date is December 2, 2014

Proposals must be submitted by: December 29th, 2014 at 2:00pm AST

Short listed candidates should be available to meet with project partners (if required) on: January 9th, 2015

Successful applicants will be notified by: January 14th, 2015

Successful applicants should be prepared to meet with project partners: January 19th, 2015

Annual report deadlines and other milestones will be confirmed at the first Contaquarterly meeting of the EAC and the successful applicants.

Proposal Submission and Contact Information

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the NSHRF via email. Please send all required application components to before December 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm AST.

Questions related to this RFP should be directed to or 902-424-4193.

A message from Anne Martell of Martell Consulting Services Ltd

I would like to thank all my clients and colleagues over the past 30 plus years for supporting Martell Consulting Services Ltd. and believing in my integrity both as a consultant and as a person. I have had such a rewarding career but it is now time to close Martell Consulting down and travel new paths along this journey we call life.

I welcome younger consultants to take over where I left off. Bring your energy and new approaches to the profession of research and evaluation. Bring your passion but always remember to temper it with balance and sober second thought. And always, always write the truth. Don’t hedge, tell it like it is. Sometimes that is difficult…but it pays off in the end.


Anne Martel

Professional Development opportunity: An Executive Summary is Not Enough: Reporting Alternatives for Evaluators

When:  This three hour webinar is held conveniently over two 1.5 hour sessions.

December 11 & 12, 2014, 9:30 – 11:00 AM (PST

Traditional evaluation reports often end up on the shelves of many decision-makers collecting dust.  Reporting is an important skill for evaluators who care about seeing their results and recommendations actually implemented.  In this webinar learn how to turn your findings into something more useful and meaningful that calls people to action.

 You Will Learn :

  • the role of reporting in good evaluation practice
  • 3 principles for effectively communicating your evaluation results
  • at least 3 alternatives to writing a final report


Kylie Hutchinson is a trainer and consultant to not-for-profits specializing in the areas of program planning and evaluation.  She delivers this workshop regularly at the AEA and CES conferences, AEA Summer Evaluation Institute, and as an AEA eStudy.

Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation assists organizations to deliver their programs and services more efficiently and effectively.  We believe that excellence in program planning and evaluation leads to stronger organizations and positive change in our community. For more information click here.

 Registration:  $95 incl. HST/GST. Register here.

Professional Development Opportunity: Cross Cultural and International Evaluations: What works? What doesn’t?

When: Thursday, December 11th, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Where: CES webinars take place online using the GoToWebinar platform. You can check your computer’s requirements.

Registration: Please go here to register
If you have any questions please contact Kayla at

Cost: Free for all CES members

Language: English

Webinar focus:

There are many aspects of cross cultural and international evaluations that are similar to other types of evaluation work. However, some practises are particularly important, and they are the focus of this webinar. Through the webinar we plan to explore several lessons of international and cross cultural work relating to planning and conducting evaluations.  Topics will include tips for preparing for the evaluation (establishing the evaluation team), developing the evaluation plan, and challenges in conducting the evaluation.

Biography of presenter:

Harry Cummings has taught evaluation at the graduate level at the University of Guelph since 1982. He has coached four winning evaluation teams in the national case study competition. His cross cultural work has included, most recently, work with: the Inuit in Northern Quebec, aboriginal communities in Ontario and beyond, international communities in Mongolia, Ethiopia, Mali, Burundi, Iran and most recently Indonesia. He established Harry Cummings and Associates in 1997 and specializes in evaluation, planning, health, agriculture, youth and other issues. He has served as a workshop facilitator in evaluation courses around the world.

Learning objectives:

This webinar aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

  • 1.2 Acts ethically and strives for integrity and honesty
  • 1.3 Respects all stakeholders
  • 1.4 Considers human rights and the public welfare in evaluation practice
  • 3.1 Respects the uniqueness of the site
  • 3.2 Examines organizational, political, community and social contexts
  • 3.3 Identifies impacted stakeholders
  • 3.4 Identifies the interests of all stakeholders
  • 4.7 Identifies and mitigates problems / issues
  • 5.9 Attends to issues of diversity and culture

Professional Development Opportunity: Why evaluation theory drives evaluation practice

When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Where: CES webinars take place online using the GoToWebinar platform. You can check your computer’s requirements.

Registration: Please go here to register
If you have any questions please contact Kayla at

Cost: Free for all CES members

Webinar focus:

Without an evaluation theory, there can be no evaluation. Explicitly or implicitly, every program evaluation rests on a certain evaluation theory that speaks to the rationale for proceeding with an evaluation, how it will be done, and how its results are expected to inform decision-making. Over time, some have attempted to articulate and document these theories, triggering the emergence of an increasing number of evaluation theories: utilization-focused evaluation, empowerment evaluation, participatory evaluation, developmental evaluation, and so on. Yet, for evaluation practitioners, these concepts often reside in the margins of their daily work. As this webinar will explore, better understanding evaluation theories inevitably leads to stronger and more successful evaluation assignments. Participants will be invited to bridge the gap between evaluation theories and evaluation practice.

Biography of presenter:

François Dumaine is a Partner at PRA Inc. Over the past 16 years, he has led evaluation assignments covering a wide range of initiatives, from complex and multi-partner programming to highly-focussed interventions. His experience is concentrated at the federal government level, but he has also undertaken evaluations for provincial and non-profit organizations. François has offered workshops and presentations during annual conferences of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and of several CES Chapters across Canada, has published in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and New Directions on Evaluation, and has served as the National President of CES (2008 to 2010).

Learning objectives:

This webinar aims to strengthen capacities in line with the following Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice:

  • 2.1 Understands the knowledge base of evaluation (theories, models, types, methods and tools)
  • 2.2 Specifies program theory
  • 2.3 Determines the purpose for the evaluation
  • 3.2 Examines organizational, political, community and social contexts
  • 3.5 Serves the information needs of intended users
  • 3.6 Attends to issues of evaluation use
  • 5.10 Demonstrates professional credibility

Networking Opportunity: September 11th 4:30pm-6:30pm

Please join CES-NS for an evening of networking!

September 11th 4:30pm-6:30pm
Brown Hound (formerly Pipa)
1685 Argyle St. Halifax, NS

  • Meet your new Board members
  • Hear about upcoming events and opportunities for members to get involved
  • Share your ideas with the chapter

No RSVP required

Professional Development Opportunity: Workshop on Ethics in Evaluation – September 11, 2014, 1PM – 4PM

Robert Czerny will be doing a half day Workshop on Ethics in Evaluation from 1PM – 4PM the afternoon of September 11, 2014.

We human beings constantly face values choices: better and worse, right and wrong. Thinking about ethics helps us sharpen our analysis and solidify our principles for coping with our more difficult moral dilemmas. In evaluation practice, those dilemmas can arise before a project commences (Is this evaluation worth doing?), through the planning and investigation stages (Can this methodology and these resources produce reliable findings? Are all relevant stakeholders represented properly and are they being treated fairly?), to reporting and beyond (Does the report ‘speak truth to power’? Is it used appropriately?).

The biggest challenges evaluators face are often ethical in nature. They may arise because the expectations or commitments of clients and other parties conflict with those of the evaluator.

The workshop is intended to increase participants’ awareness of ethics in evaluation, their grasp of principles, and their ability to carry out an approach to resolving ethical issues. To achieve this, it will encourage discussion of professional standards and codes of ethical conduct in evaluation and research; principles of ethical discernment offered by philosophy and used in applied organisational ethics; the results of a 2011 CES survey on this topic; and a practical eight-step process for ethical decision-making that starts with identifying a challenge and ends with action.

The workshop facilitator is an experienced evaluator with the C.E. designation, and serves as President of the Ethics Practitioners’ Association of Canada.

Date: September 11th, 2014

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Registration starts at 12:30pm

Location: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Seminar Room

     CES Member: $50
     Non Member: $100
     Student: $25

Please register by Monday, September 8th 2014 by completing the registration form. Completed forms can be submitted to: or faxed to 902-424-7753