Welcome to the Student Evaluation Case Competition Website. Started in 1996, this annual Canadian competition has established a reputation as a dynamic, hands-on opportunity for post-secondary students to learn about evaluation.
The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund (CESEF) co-sponsor the competition. On our website, students, professors and supporters of the competition will find the information needed to get involved.
The Competition at a Glance
The Student Evaluation Case Competition helps students build their evaluation skills using real life cases.
In February of each year, teams of students from universities and colleges from across Canada assess a case and submit their response via the internet. Teams are comprised of three to five students and may come from any faculty. They may compete in English or French.
Team submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges and the top three teams are invited to assess a new case and present in front of a live audience at the CES annual conference. All finalists receive funding for their travel and conference fees, and the winning team is presented with the competition plaque.
Check out the pages on our website to find more details on the competition purpose, rules, previous cases and student submissions, as well as other resources to help you participate.
Finalists, judges and organizers 2016 (Picture by Ivan Petrov)
- November 16, 2016: Start of the team registration
- January 29, 2017: End of the team registration
- February 4, 2017: Preliminary round: the team has 5 hours to complete a proposal in response to a case document (all online)
- March 31, 2017: Announcement of the three finalist teams
- May 1, 2017: Final round at the Canadian Evaluation Society's Annual Conference in Vancouver: five hours to prepare a proposal and an oral presentation.
What participants say about the competition
Here is some of the feedback from former student participants:
“The student case competition provided an excellent opportunity for me to advance my communication, teamwork, critical thinking and preliminary evaluation skills. As a bonus, I developed a great friendship with my teammates and we had a lot of fun!”
“The opportunity to synthesize the theoretical elements from our coursework and apply them to practical real-world problems, as a team, under pressure, was invaluable. Ongoing feedback from our coach and the judges helped us round out and firm up our ideas about evaluation. Plus, we came away with a library of templates and other materials that will serve us in the future. It's very hard work, make no mistake. But the rewards are many.”
“The case competition introduced me to evaluation work in the real-world. My experience in the finals of the competition gave me an edge in my job interviews.”
And here is some feedback from former coaches:
“I think this is a wonderful idea. More schools should be participating in the case competition. As a coach, the greatest contribution of the Student Case Competition is that it integrates in a practical way, the theories and instruments of evaluation. Students are able to assign the right theories with the right tools with the right context. In my view, there is no better way to learn. And, if some students are able to find their way to the final round, then all the better for them!”
“The opportunity to participate in the case competition in the winter is a wonderful way to entice new graduate students to take our fall course in program evaluation. Senior students who have taken part in the competition often want to do so again and those who cannot are eager to offer their assistance to help new students prepare for this experience. Once they try the case competition, most get ‘hooked’ and are eager to compete again.”
“The Student Case Competition has become a very important component in our program. It is perfect way to illustrate the ‘real-world’ issues of evaluation and to better prepare students for their eventual careers. Given the increasing emphasis on results and accountability in public policy and social programs, the Case Competition is an important contribution, not only the educational context, but also to the broader community.”
You may also be interested in another competition sponsored by CES and CESEF - the Student Excellence advancing Evaluation Knowledge (SEEK) Award.
The SEEK Award recognizes exemplar and diverse student contributions to the advancement of evaluation theory and/or practice. Canadian post-secondary students are nominated by their professors and submit an evaluation project or paper by March 1 of each year. The Winner and Honourable Mention are invited to attend the CES Conference, receive cash awards and their papers are considered for publication in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. The Winner is given an opportunity to present their paper at the Conference.
SEEK Award program details are available on the CESEF Web site.