Evaluation as cited in the JCSEE Program Evaluation Standards (2011) by Yarbrough, Shulha, Hopson and Caruthers is:

  • ‘the systematic investigation of the quality of programs, projects, subprograms, subprojects, and/or an of their components or elements, together or singly
  • for the purposes of decision making, judgements, conclusion, findings, new knowledge, organizational development, and capacity building in response to the needs of identified stakeholders
  • leading to improvement and/or accountability in the users’ program and systems
  • ultimately contributing to organizational or social value.’

The membership of the CES-ON represent different sectors including the provincial and municipal government, non-profit organizations, heath care and social service agencies, school boards, colleges and universities, and private practice consultants.

Through membership with CES members are able to learn, network and collaborate with other evaluators who are involved in advancing evaluation theory and practice in Ontario, as well as across Canada.

The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) is a strong and vibrant multidisciplinary association and is committed to building evaluation capacity at an individual and organizational level.

In its quest to promote ethical, high quality and competent evaluation in Canada, CES was the first professional evaluation association in the world to institute a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation for its members through the CES’s Professional Designation Program (PDP).