On March 22nd, the FMI Halifax
Chapter hosted a morning session titled "Which Comes First, the
Program or the Program Evaluation? - The Cost and Accountability of
Program Delivery". The Chapter welcomed speakers Nancy Carter,
President of the Canadian Evaluation Society (Nova Scotia Chapter),
and Dr. Marcus Sharaput, Assistant Professor, School of Public
Administration at Dalhousie University. Why do we need evaluations
and how do they assist us in our program delivery? Nancy and Marcus
took us through the steps of how the evaluation must be planned,
tell a story, improve decision-making and accountability, improve
employee morale and contribute to organized learning. Proper
evaluations must answer "why" and manage that communication to
clients. With Nancy's background studies in organizational behavior
and HR management, she delivered an indepth study of the process,
while Marcus presented useful examples and techniques. Using logic
models, they presented the process from Resources/Inputs to
Outputs to Outcomes and finally to
Impact. This very
enlightening presentation was followed by an invitation to
participants to attend a session at Dalhousie University.
Carter, FMI Halifax Director
Michelle Hunter, and Dr. Marcus Sharaput.
FMI Halifax's next event was on
April 19th with a presentation on "Cyber Security - Managing and
Preventing Major Business Continuity Risks" with Mark Bernard, an
author/leader/expert in cyber security. Mark advised attendees on
the importance of testing security and gave several examples of
motive, opportunity and capability, as well as mapping controls.
"The ten best ways to make money if you were a criminal" also
addressed ideas on how you should protect yourself from such scams.
Some common sense approaches were matched against some unscrupulous
attempts to obtain data and money. Regular system testing; access
control list verification; and, sharing of information were all
presented and discussed in some depth. Educational awareness is the
key. Mark gave four tips for safeguarding information: keep info
secret; password construction (suggesting a phrase or lyric);
software updates; and never share private information.
with FMI Halifax Director