Author: Chi Yan Lam

Chi Yan Lam, PhD(c), CE, is a program evaluator, researcher, and educator. He works closely with social innovators and public sector leaders across Canada to bring analysis and strategy to bear on program development, evaluation, and decision-making.

CERA/ACCÉ 2017 Conference Sessions and Highlights

Dear CERA Members:

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming conferencing in Toronto from May 27-30, 2017. CERA has prepared a wonderful program of diverse sessions including a pre-conference workshop, keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Wolfe (OISE/UT), symposium panels, paper presentations, and a graduate student social! Please find attached a short program highlighting CERA’s conference sessions. I’d especially like to draw your attention to the following main events:
CERA/ACCÉ Pre-Conference Workshop Saturday, May 27 @ 1:30-4:30 pm HE- Kerr East 119
Qualitative Data Analysis on a Budget
CERA/ACCÉ Graduate Student Social Saturday, May 27 @ 5:00-6:30 pm
Hair of the Dog Pub, 425 Church St.
CERA/ACCÉ Presidential Address: Dr. Richard Wolfe (OISE-UT) Timeslot 17: May 30 @ 11:15 in ENG LG 06
CERA/ACCÉ AGM, Awards Reception, & Lunch Timeslot 18: May 30 @ 12:15 in ENG LG 06 
Safe travels to Toronto! See you all soon!
Chris DeLuca
President: Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association

Preconference Workshop at CES: Social Innovation meets Public Sector – Developmental Evaluation Guides Transformation

What: Learning Processes and Tools for Use in DE
When:  April 30, 2017, Canadian Evaluation Society
For more information, visit:


What does it mean to conduct evaluation processes and practices in the public sector in the 21st century? It means measuring and monitoring a moving target when complexity, adaptation, and innovation are the norm in providing programs and services to the changing realities of society. Processes of learning are foundational to developmental evaluation (DE) to support social innovation and program development.

The half-day workshop just before the conference begins, Learning Processes and Tools for Use in DE, April 30th, will provide an overview of the principles of developmental evaluation and introduce process learning tools that have been used by seasoned evaluators to guide the development, sustainability, and effectiveness of program intervention.

Learn more about how the principles of developmental evaluation facilitates social innovation in the public sector in Kuji-Shikatani, K., Gallagher, M. J., Franz, R., & Börner, M. (2016) “Leadership support for developmental evaluative thinking: The example of the Ontario Ministry of Education” in Patton, M. Q., McKegg, K., & Wehipeihana, N., Developmental evaluation exemplars: Principles in practice (pp. 252-270). New York, N.Y.: Guilford


Dr. Keiko Kuji-Shikatani (CE) and Ms Megan Börner are both internal evaluators in the Ontario Ministry of Education. 

CERA 2016 Program

We look forward to seeing many of you in a couple of weeks at CSSE in Calgary. In addition to a variety of paper presentations, we wanted to share with you some highlights from the CERA program. Please check the next version of the CSSE program for event locations.

Saturday May 28th

CERA Preconference Workshops
We are pleased to announce two pre-conference workshops. All are welcome to register and attend! Register at:

Workshop 1: Using the Pan-Canadian Assessment (PCAP) Databases for Large-scale Education Studies. Offered by Dr. Kathryn O’Grady at 8:15am
Workshop 2: From SPSS to R: An emerging migration! Offered by Dr. Amin Mousavi at 1:30pm

Sunday May 29th

12:15-1:15 – CERA Special Panel Session: View from the Top: Research Perspectives of Established Scholars
This session brings well-respected scholars from across Canada to share their insights on the advancement of educational research. This year we are honoured to be joined by Drs. Nancy Arthur (University of Calgary), Ruth Childs (University of Toronto), Don Klinger (Queen’s University), and Todd Rogers (University of Alberta) to discuss their views of research in educational assessment, program evaluation, and research methodology. This session will be led by a group of emerging scholars and graduate students to help create rich learning experiences that help direct our field towards new areas of research.

Monday May 30th

11:15-12:00 – CERA Presidential Address by Dr. Jacqueline Leighton: Growing the Assessment Triangle to Include Explanation
The field of educational measurement has and continues to make significant advances in the precision of its tools. However, the field lags behind in advancing solid explanations for test scores that reflect the complexity of learning, including cognitive and socio-emotional variables. While some focus on advances at the margins of accuracy of estimation, we fail stakeholders with vague accounts of the underlying causes of test scores and procedures to predict their change.

12:15-2:45 – CERA Lunch & Annual General Meeting (AGM)(double time slot)


Tuesday May 31st

4:30-5:45 – CERA Graduate Student Session: Getting Your Research Published: A Panel on Academic and Alternative Publishing Venues and How to Leverage them Effectively
If you think getting published in a journal is difficult – try submitting to the Huffington Post! Publishing across a range of media is vital for ensuring that your research has maximum impact.  Clearly, publishing in the Canadian Journal of Education requires different writing than an editorial in the Globe and Mail, but how is it different? And how can you maximize your chances of being published in both academic and popular media?  This session will feature a panel of academics, writers, and journalists who will explore different publication venues and how they can be used effectively to promote and mobilize your research.

Safe Travels to Calgary!
Eugene Kowch, CERA Program Chair and
Christopher DeLuca, CERA President


CERA Election 2016

Dear CERA Members,

In advance of our CERA Annual Business Meeting in Calgary we would like to hold an election for two upcoming vacancies on the CERA Executive. Please consider putting forward your name for one of these two positions:

1. Representative to Canadian Journal Editorial Advisory Board
Description: to represent and promote the interests of CERA by serving on the Canadian Journal of Education Editorial Advisory Board and to make a report to the Association at the Annual Business Meeting. Term: 2 years.

2. Representative to the New Scholar Advisory Board
Description: to represent and promote the interests of the Association by serving on the New Scholar Advisory Board. Term: 2 years.

Should you be interested in either of these positions, please submit your name and a brief bio (150 words) to the CERA President, Christopher DeLuca (, by April 15th. Once nominations are received, an electronic ballot will be sent to all CERA members for a vote by May 7th. Announcement of successful candidates will be made at the CERA Annual Business Meeting.


Chers membres/Chères membres de l’ACCÉ,

En prévision de notre assemblée générale annuelle de l’ACCÉ à Calgary, nous aimerions solliciter des candidatures pour deux postes vacants sur l’exécutif de l’ACCÉ. Ces positions sont les suivantes:

1. Représentant au Conseil consultatif de rédaction de la Revue canadienne de l’éducation
Description: pour représenter et promouvoir les intérêts de l’ACCÉ en siégeant comité consultatif de rédaction de la Revue canadienne de l’éducation, et de faire un rapport à l’Association lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle. Durée du mandat : 2 ans.

2. Représentant au Conseil consultatif des nouveaux érudits
Description: pour représenter et promouvoir les intérêts de l’Association en siégeant au conseil consultatif des nouveaux érudits. Durée: 2 ans.
Si vous êtes intéressé par l’une de ces positions, s’il vous plaît soumettre votre nom et une brève biographie (150 mots) au Président de l’ACCÉ, Christopher DeLuca (, d’ici le 15 avril. Une fois que les candidatures seront reçues, un ballot électronique sera envoyé à tous les membres de l’ACCÉ pour un vote par le 7 mai. L’annonce des gagnants sera faite à la l’assemblée générale annuelle.


Research Request from Susan Elgie

Dear CERA Colleagues,
Many thanks to those of you who have forwarded copies of scholarly peer reviews. If you have not, please consider sending copies of peer reviews of papers, conference proposals or proposals for funding that you have received in the last 10 years to . The deadline is February 20, so there is still time! The formal invitation follows.

I am writing to invite you to participate in a research study titled: “Scholarly Reviews: What Do They Tell Us about Research Methods?” The purpose of the study is look at the content of scholarly reviews, particularly from the perspective of research methods and methodology. By analysing and presenting information about the content and themes of scholarly reviews I hope to support the work of researchers both as creators and receivers of reviews. I will present the results of the study at a scholarly meeting, hopefully Congress 2016 and intend to write a paper for publication.

I am conducting this study as an independent researcher. I have been an active educational researcher for many years at OISE, University of Toronto and in private practice.

I hope that you will participate in this study by sending an email message to and attaching one or more scholarly reviews (or sets of reviews) that you have received in the past 10 years. There is no need to send any additional text (e.g. from an editor) but just the reviews. The reviews may be in response to a conference proposal, a funding proposal, or a submission to a journal.

The data will be subject to very stringent measures to ensure confidentiality. Only I, as the Principal Investigator, will have access to the data, which will be stored on my personal password-protected computer, usually located in a private home. Reviews received will be stripped from the email message before being read and will be anonymised by stripping them of personal and institutional identification as well as information about the specific area under study. Once the text of the review is incorporated into the project database, the email message will be deleted from my personal computer and email server. I will not use any quotations from reviews. All data will be destroyed in 3 years. I will not use the data for reasons other than those identified above. Unfortunately, I am unable to guarantee confidentiality during the actual transmission of the email. However, the WIFI network I use is password-protected.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. I do not anticipate any risks to participants. I hope that the results of the study will benefit you and other researchers when writing or receiving scholarly peer reviews. I assume that you have read and understood the content of this message. Submission of materials to the study email address will constitute your voluntary consent to participate in the research. If you have any questions, please contact me at or at 416-531-9548. If you wish to withdraw your data (the reviews) from the study, you may do so prior to anonymisation, as it would be quite difficult subsequently.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Community Research Ethics Office. If you feel that you have not been treated according to the descriptions in the information you received, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project you may contact the Chair, Community Research Ethics Board, Community Research ethics office, 647-447-9628.

Finally, I would like again to invite you to participate in this study by sending the text(s) of one or more scholarly reviews that you have received during the past 10 years to

CERA CSSE 2016 Call for Workshop Proposals – See you in Calgary!

Greetings! We hope that you had a terrific holiday break!

We had a lot of submissions for CSSE in Calgary – so CERA invites you to submit your preconference Workshop ideas for the 2016 CSSE conference!

Please send your proposals directly to the Program Chair: Dr. E. Kowch: with a Subject in the email: CERA WORKSHOP PROPOSAL, attaching a document/proposal.

Please use a format/logic a similar format to your regular proposals, using the following headings to organize the proposal:

  • Workshop Name
  • Facilitator Names and Email Contacts
  • Rationale and Purpose of the Workshop
  • The Target Audience for the Workshop
  • The Number of intended participants
  • Specific Learning Outcomes or Learning Attainments (for participants attending)
  • Forms of Engagement and Interaction for the event

We look forward to your proposals, again please send to: with a Subject in the email: CERA WORKSHOP PROPOSAL, attaching a document/proposal.

Dr. E. Kowch, Program Chair, CERA 2016
Dr. C. Deluca, President, CERA 2016

Salutations distinguées! Nous espérons que vous avez eu une superbe pause de vacances!

Nous avons eu beaucoup de demandes pour le congrès de la SCÉÉ à Calgary – donc l’ACCÉ vous invite à soumettre vos idées d’ateliers pré-conférence pour la conférence 2016 de la SCÉÉ!

Nous vous demandons d’envoyer vos propositions directement au président du programme (Dr E. Kowch – avec l’objet du courriel: ACCE PROPOSITION D’ATELIER. Vous devez aussi y joindre votre document/proposition.

Nous vous demandons d’utiliser un format similaire à celui de vos propositions régulières, en utilisant les rubriques suivantes pour organiser la proposition:

A. Nom de l’atelier
B. Nom des animateurs et contacts courriel
C. Raisons et objectifs de l’atelier
D. L’auditoire pour l’atelier
E. Le nombre de participants prévus
F. Résultats d’apprentissage spécifiques ou accomplissements d’apprentissage (pour les participants présents)
G. formes d’engagement et d’interaction pour l’événement

Nous attendons vos propositions. Nous vous rappelons d’envoyer le tout à avec l’objet du courriel: ACCE
Dr. E. Kowch, Program Chair, CERA 2016
Dr. C. Deluca, President, CERA 2016

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AERA Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Data Sets 2012

AERA Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Data Sets 2012

The AERA Grants Program announces the 2012 AERA Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Data Sets to be held on July 5-8, 2012 at Stanford University. The Faculty Institute’s goal is to expand the critical mass of U.S. education researchers using large-scale federal data sets, especially those sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, through preparing faculty to incorporate use of such data in doctoral-level courses. The Institute is for faculty members at U.S. universities who teach basic introductory doctoral-level statistics or methodology courses and who seek to integrate large-scale federal education data sets into these courses.

We are seeking your assistance in sharing this information with colleagues and potential applicants. Further information about the Institute and application procedures is available at The a.pplication deadline is January 17, 2012.

If you have questions, please e-mail us at Thank you in advance for sharing this information.


Felice J. Levine, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Principal Investigator, AERA Grants Program

George L. Wimberly, Ph.D.
Director of Social Justice and Professional Development
Co-Principal Investigator, AERA Grants Program

On Behalf of the AERA Grants Program Governing Board

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