Message from the President, Lennise Baptiste
Greetings to the CEI family and colleagues in this our first newsletter for 2016:
In September 2015, four board members: Wycliffe Abrams and Paul Williams of Guyana, Claudia Nicholson of Grenada-Canada and I met in Trinidad and Tobago to work on CEI’s strategic and work plans for 2016 and 2017. In the same month, four board members, Una McPherson, Curline Beckford, Paulette Griffiths and Chez Thomas, who reside in Jamaica, met to review the CEI by-laws. Valerie Gordon of Jamaica-USA joined each of the meetings virtually. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of our volunteer board members for the efforts they made to complete the two activities, thereby establishing the foundations for our organization.
For the remainder of 2016 and in 2017, the CEI will work on the strategic goals of:
- Having a cadre of trained professionals in our membership and network,
- Facilitating professional development opportunities through the establishment of strategic alliances with accredited tertiary institutions,
- Becoming a forum to locate regional evaluators, and
- Advocating in the region for the use of evaluation practices and methods across the professional sectors.
We’ve made great progress, co-hosting the 2016 Caribbean Urban Forum; achieving a 20% increase in membership in the past six months; and having individuals and organisations continue to reach out to CEI to locate appropriately qualified professional evaluators in our region. The CEI is also aligned with the efforts of our partner organisations, the International Organisation for Cooperation Evaluation (IOCE), and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) in pursuit of initiatives around the professionalization of the evaluation profession. CEI plans to increase its efforts in the areas of research on regional evaluations; building the demand for, and acceptance of evaluation activities; and securing funding opportunities to expand our professional development thrust. Read future articles to learn more about our agenda.
We are proud to be able to publish this issue in Spanish for distribution to our regional and international partners. I thank board member Molly Hamm and our executive director, Una McPherson for making this happen. Future issues will also be published in French to reach our diverse partners.
I encourage you to get involved in CEI activities, and contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.