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Statistics show the forensic mental health system plays a pivotal role in the lives of people found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCRMD), according to Dr. Jamie Livingston, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University.  Despite this, research is disproportionately focused on individuals whose recovery was unsuccessful. Livingston thinks the success stories need to be told. In fact, he was awarded an NSHRF Establishment Grant to do just that.  

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The NSHRF is proud to announce its first REAL Evaluation Fellow, Dorian Watts, has successfully achieved the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). 

NSHRF’s REAL Evaluation Fellowship was designed to provide the educational and practical experience needed to build capacity in the core competencies required for achieving the CES CE professional designation. 

The CE designation supports professionalization efforts by defining, recognizing, and promoting the practice of ethical, high quality and competent evaluation in Canada. To receive the designation, Dorian was required to demonstrate her capacity and experience across the five competency domains to the CES Credentialing Board, comprised of experts with more than 25 years of evaluation experience.

Dorian began her fellowship in 2015 as an emerging evaluator looking to advance her career in the field. The Fellowship has provided her with the opportunity to gain expertise and practice conducting internal evaluations, and external evaluations across sectors from government departments to non-profits on a wide range of topics. 

 “The REAL Evaluation Fellowship has been a fantastic opportunity for me to gain the knowledge and experience I needed to become a CE,” Dorian said. “At NSHRF I get to work alongside and learn from experienced credentialed evaluators who are passionate about the work they do.”

Over the course of her fellowship, NSHRF’s evaluation team worked with Dorian to ensure she received the opportunities to develop the competencies and confidence to take on leadership roles within the evaluation community.

Evaluation is deeply valued by NSHRF’s CEO, Krista Connell, who has been integral in creating a strong culture of evaluation.

“I view evaluation as a way of thinking and working, not strictly as a function or a requirement. Understanding what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what we are striving to achieve is fundamental to making good decisions.”

Krista said everyone at NSHRF is routinely engaged in evaluation, which results in an efficient and responsive organization. “Evaluation is not just about reporting or accountability, it is also about management and planning.”

Originally from Manitoba, Dorian is highly engaged in the local evaluation community, and is in her second year as Professional Development Chair for the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society. She completes her fellowship with NSHRF in September 2018.

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On October 10, 2017, The Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness, tabled the 2016/2017 NSHRF Annual Report.

The theme of this year’s report is Researchers Matter. Inside, we illustrate the importance of the research enterprise in Nova Scotia, and the ways in which the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation supports it. We have accomplished this by working with our stakeholders, including provincial government, the provincial health authority, the IWK, universities, NSCC and researchers on numerous initiatives and funding opportunities, such as:

  • supporting health research in Nova Scotia by nurturing careers, monitoring progress, and championing researchers provincially, nationally and internationally;
  • providing a foundation for informed decision making based on research results, and
  • generating greater awareness among Nova Scotians about the benefits of health research.

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The Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet), of which our CEO, Krista Connell is a Board Member, is hosting a Public Forum on September 13th. Attendees of the forum will have the chance to hear about the innovative arrhythmia research being done by CANet Network Investigators, to connect with other arrhythmia patients and caregivers, and to interactively learn about devices, treatment and experiences. 

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cost: FREE


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