Over 300 teams from 32 institutions across Canada have competed!
History of the Student Evaluation Case Competition
The CES National Chapter was looking for new ways to involve students in program evaluation. The Board of Directors began organizing a case competition for teams of students to analyze an evaluation case and present their findings.
The first case competition took place at the University of Ottawa, where two teams of students analyzed and presented their findings for a case on smuggling and taxation of cigarettes and alcohol.
Michael Obrecht, Nancy Porteous, and Blair Haddock (one of the first student competitors) formed the Case Competition Organizing Committee and began promoting the competition at universities across Canada.
The case competition was expanded to include a preliminary round, where teams prepared a written response to an evaluation case, and the top three teams were invited to Ottawa to compete in the final round.
The final round of the case competition was moved to the CES annual conference, where teams would have a larger audience for their presentations and opportunities to network with other evaluators.
The CES National Council took ownership of the competition to further build it as a national student development initiative.
Students in an online evaluation program created a virtual team for the preliminary round. They made it to the final round and met each other for the first time at the conference! 2018 also marked the first cross-university collaboration, with the winning team from four universities!