REAL Evaluation Fellow Earns CE Designation

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.