CESBC 2018 Evaluation Conference #EvalBC18
Conference Buddy Program
In the spirit of the conference theme of learning from our peers, the CESBC is pleased to be offering the Buddy Program. This is an initiative developed to help first time conference attendees, particularly students and new/emerging evaluators (referred to as “new attendees”), enhance their conference experience by being paired with a seasoned evaluator (referred to as a “buddy”). New attendees and buddies will be matched on the basis of common interests and experience. The CESBC Buddy Program is intended to achieve the following:
The buddy relationship will consist of three phases:
1. Before the conference: Based on background and professional interests, the Buddy Program coordinator will match evaluation students, new/emerging evaluators with experienced practicing evaluators. By November 23rd, 2018, Buddy Program participants will be introduced to their “buddy” by email, so that they can correspond before the conference starts.
2. During the conference: The morning of the conference, participants are invited to a breakfast where they can meet with their own buddy and others participating in the program. The new attendee and evaluator buddy are encouraged to set aside time to meet during the day (e.g. during networking breaks and lunch). The buddy will also assist the new attendee with any questions about the conference sessions and logistics.
3. After the conference: The goal is for evaluators enrolled in the Buddy Program to fully benefit from the conference by establishing an enjoyable and productive professional connection with evaluators. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up with Evaluation Mentoring Canada to formalize the relationship into a mentorship, if both parties are interested.
New attendees are invited to fill out the online Buddy Program enrollment form by clicking on this link: Survey link
Experienced evaluators are invited to fill out the online Buddy Program enrollment form by clicking on this link: Survey link
Registration for the Buddy Program closes Friday November 16th, 2018.
We look forward to seeing you at the Conference on November 30th, 2018!If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Naimi at firstname.lastname@example.org.