The PerƒEval Research Laboratory brings together Masters and PhD students interested in evaluation and performance management issues. Students come from a variety of disciplinary and geographical perspectives.
From an intellectual point of view, the research laboratory offers students research training (e.g. thesis and dissertation supervision, research internship opportunities) and a collaborative work environment (organization of a bimonthly research seminar). As well, students are encouraged to contribute to knowledge advancement through publications and/or presentations at national and international conferences. Through participation in the distribution of research results, students begin to integrate scientific networks and their work brings them recognition. In 2006, Pierre-Marc Daigneault won the award for the best student paper at a conference for the Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme (SQEP). The PerƒEval Research Laboratory also offers students concrete opportunities to integratethe working world through mandates for governmental organizations (e.g. responding to bids and fulfilling contracts).
From a practical point of view, the PerƒEval Laboratory offers financial aid to its members. Many students actively participate in current projects as research assistants. The PerƒEval Research Laboratory also offers academic scholarships. In 2009, Jean-François Bélanger received a Master’s Admission Scholarship. As well, funding is also offered to students to help them pursue specific training opportunities (e.g. European Consortium for Political Research Summer School).
SUGGESTED STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
Students interested in the following research themes may contact the laboratory director. It is possible to contribute to the laboratory’s activities by writing an essay, a thesis or a dissertation. Students enrolled in a program requiring an internship may also participate in a research internship at the PerƒEval Laboratory.
The following list is not exhaustive. Students may also suggest other research themes that are of interest to them and that fit into the research themes of the laboratory:
◊ Evaluation practice in developing countries
◊ Aboriginal policy evaluation
◊ Elaboration and use of performance-measuring instruments (e.g. dashboards, bench-marking, etc.)
◊ Unexpected effects and consequences of performance measurement in public organizations
◊ Use of auditor general reports
SUPERVISED THESES AND DISSERTATIONS
Current PhD Projects
- Semou Sow, Exploratory Study of Performance Measure Practices of Development Aid Programs initiated in Senegal in the areas of Education and Health by Bilateral Cooperation and the Validation of a Standardized Measurement Instrument.
Completed PhD Projects
- Lisa Birch, The Use of Research on Public Opinion in Public Policy. The Case of the Tobacco Control Program (co-direction with F. Petry), 2010.
- Nouhoun Diallo, Valuing the use of program evaluations: the case of the World Bank in Burkina Faso, 2011.
- Pierre-Marc Daigneault, Participation in evaluation: from concept to measurement, 2012.
- Benoit Rigaud, European governance in the face of oil spills. Changes in maritime security policies after Erika and Prestige, 2014
- Olga Carolina Cardenas Gomez, Integrating Socio-Economic Considerations in Animal Biotechnology Decisions - An Explanation from the Organizational Culture of Federal Agencies Responsible for the Licensing of Foods Derived from Biotechnology in Canada (co-direction with L. Létourneau), 2015.
Completed Masters Projects
- Pierre-Marc Daigneault, The Examination of the Quality of Federal Evaluations: A Successful Meta-evaluation? 2006.
- Joëlle Bastien, Bureaucratic Discretion and the Administration of Immigration Policy in Spain: A Case Comparison of Control in the Workplace and Treatment of Protection Request Files, 2007.
- Roger Malu, The Ethical and Professional Imagination of Evaluators in Canada, 2010.
- Geoffroy Desautels, The Ethical Sensibility of Evaluators, 2011.
- Martin Cossette, The relationship between media, judicial and political agendas in the public policy process. The Chaoulli case, 2011.
- Nicole Kristen Leppington, Bill C-36: The Creation of Canada's 2011 Anti-Terrorism Act (co-direction with A. Campana), 2011.
- Jean-François Bélanger, Evaluation in the context of humanitarian crisis. The case of Katrina from the perspective of the international humanitarian aid sector, 2012.
The PerƒEval Laboratory offers financial aid to students through scholarships and research assistantships.
The following funding opportunities are not directly administered by the research laboratory. Student members of PerƒEval have recommendation letters, support and advice for preparing their applications for candidature available to them through the laboratory.
Laval University offers financial support for academic success for programs such as the Master of Political Science, Master of Public Affairs and the PhD in Political Science. To find out more about the financial opportunities offered to Laval University students, contact the university’s Bureau des bourses et de l’aide financière.
Grant-issuing research organizations offer masters and doctoral scholarships. The principal organizations that finance research in the areas of evaluation and performance management are the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (IRSC).
There are also scholarships specific to evaluation research offered by the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES).