Job Posting 66928

Evaluation Lead
Inspiring Communities
Western area, Digby, NS
closes in 2 days (Sat, 30 Jan)
part time - term / contract


Turning the Tide is committed to the evaluation of the effectiveness of this collective effort in order to support a
new culture of working together, taking action, learning, and adapting the way we work. We are seeking skilled,
experienced and committed professional support for the ongoing evaluation of this initiative.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Turning the Tide is seeking an Evaluation Lead to support ongoing evaluation work in Digby, one of three
Inspiring Communities sites. The Evaluation Lead works as an embedded evaluator with responsibility for the
following key tasks:

  • Participate in Turning the Tide weekly check-in sessions; integrate evaluation/research issues as
  • Implement and update Turning the Tide’s evaluation plan:
  • Provide support on feedback process as needed (form questions, summarization, reflection,
    participate in debrief process
  • Monthly interview with Project Lead – focusing on progress and planning
  • Prepare, facilitate, and report on learnings from semi-annual Community Partner Reflection
  • Prepare semi-annual Developmental Evaluation briefs for Inspiring Communities, based on
    observations, interview with Project Lead, other sources (e.g. monitoring data, debrief sessions etc.)
    as needed
  • Prepare semi-annual reflections on Inspiring Communities principles implementation, based on
    conversations with Turning the Tide’s backbone team
  • Support project lead in preparing semi-annual government reports
  • Contribute to, and support Project Lead in contributing to the annual Inspiring Communities Impact
    Report; prepare annual Turning the Tide Impact Report
  • Provide evaluation support for Turning the Tide’s Communities Building Youth Futures initiative
    (extent of support to be determined)
  • Identify research needs; provide summaries of research on relevant issues to support current activities;
    identify sources of relevant research; guide development of data collection for project specific needs
  • Preparation of reports, and support to backbone staff for preparation of other reports
  • Work with the Turning the Tide network to help deepen knowledge and understanding about
    evaluation and collaborate to determine the most relevant (and limited) indicators and tools to track
    progress and results
  • Merge the worlds of data collection and storytelling to highlight and communicate key findings and
    celebrate the accomplishments of the collective work
  • Actively participate in the Developmental Evaluation Community of Practice, chaired by Inspiring Communities
  • Participate in monthly Evaluation Team meetings, and regular check-in sessions with Inspiring
    Communities Director of Research & Evaluation


The Evaluation Lead will work primarily with the Turning the Tide Project Lead and Backbone Team, and will
report to and collaborate with the Inspiring Communities Director of Research & Evaluation. The Evaluation
Lead will also work closely with the Inspiring Communities Evaluation Team to support coordination and
alignment of evaluation and research work across all Inspiring Communities sites, as well as integration and
sharing of methodology and learnings that may be scaled in other communities across Nova Scotia.
The Evaluation Lead will be embedded with the Turning the Tide governance structures, including the
Advisory Group and various working groups. The Evaluation Lead will also be responsible to identify and then
work with other community, government and academic partners to support the collection, analysis and sharing
of data.


We are looking for an experienced candidate who is able to work independently in a small team and can demonstrate
that they meet the following criteria.

Desired Skills and Experience

• An undergraduate degree (Masters preferred) in a relevant area (e.g., social sciences, public
administration, community studies, management, etc.) with an emphasis on research, or equivalent life
• Minimum three to five years’ progressive experience in a research and evaluation capacity across sectors
(e.g., government, not-for-profit) is considered an asset;
• Understanding of social policy, government, business and community approaches;
• Experience and/or interest in Developmental Evaluation, theory and implementation;
• Demonstrated experience with basic qualitative and quantitative statistical analyses;
• Experience sharing knowledge with diverse audiences
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office


• Energetic and critical thinker; innovative and pragmatic problem-solver;
• Empathetic and trustworthy with confidential information;
• Ability to work independently and take initiative;
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective relationships;
• Ability to adapt and manage an emerging agenda, changing deadlines and priorities; and,
• Current Criminal Reference and Vulnerable Sector Checks.

Consideration given to an equivalent combination of skills and experience.

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