The deadline for the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Assistance Award is fast approaching! This award facilitates the acquisition and exchange of program evaluation skills and knowledge by providing funds for participation in evaluation-related courses or workshops. The next application deadline is September 15, 2015. Email your request for an application form to


Congratulations to the team of Christine Sheppard, Lise Dube, and Kate Ducak , for winning the 2015 CES/CESEF Student Excellence advancing Evaluation Knowledge (SEEK) Award. Dr. Anita Myers nominated the team for the award. Their paper impressed the adjudicators for its very good use of mixed methods, and good presentation of points from the literature on seniors and nutrition.

Congratulations also to Natalie Janssens from Dalhousie University who has received an Honorable Mention in this year’s competition. Dr. Kaireen Chaytor nominated Natalie for the award. The adjudicators particularly appreciated how well Natalie’s paper presented a complex but crucial aspect of evaluation. They recommended that it too be considered for publication.

Thank you to all the participants and adjudicators, Gail Barrington, Melissa Nadar and Neale MacMillan, for taking part in this year’s competition!


The Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund (CESEF) is pleased to welcome François Dumaine to its Board.


François Dumaine, a Partner with PRA, directs the Ottawa office. His expertise includes a wide range of research methods and project management techniques, as well as assignments that are both regional and national in scope. François has designed and managed numerous program evaluations and other research assignments for federal and provincial governments and non-governmental organizations. These projects address various dimensions of justice, education, official languages, Aboriginal communities, and social programs. Since joining PRA in 2000, François has travelled extensively in all regions of the country and has had the opportunity to address and discuss public policy issues with government officials, community organizations, and program beneficiaries and clients. François graduated from Carleton University in 1998 with a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. Prior to that, he received a Civil Law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1988. François is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He served as the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society from 2008 to 2010 and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation from 2010 to 2012. He is a Credentialed Evaluator through the society's Professional Designation Program. François is bilingual in French and English.


Welcome François!

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