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The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Best Article and Best Practice Notes Awards.

The award recipients were selected by a committee made up of three Editorial Board members: our thanks go to Courtney Amo, Michael Obrecht and Daniela Schröter for their thoughtful comments and rigorous assessment process.


The OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation has issued an updated set of definitions and principles for use for its evaluation criteria.
The revised definitions and principles are a result of a global consultation on the criteria.
Check out the definitions and document here

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The 2019 IDEAS Global Assembly & the third International Conference on Evaluating Environment and Development will be held in Prague, Czech Republic September 30th to October 4... Read more >>


In between the results of a logic model are important processes called causal links and Causal Link Monitoring (CLM) can help project planners and managers identify and track whether these processes are taking place, and how. 


International efforts to support national evaluation capacity development have in recent years recognized the importance of evaluation capacity being centred around national ownership that is linked to a country’s national vision, accountability and good governance. But despite the higher profile given evaluation by the 2015 International Year of Evaluation, the supply of and demand for evaluation is still relatively low in many countries.


If you are interested in impact evaluation, the Impact Management Project has created a very comprehensive glossary of all the terms associated with this subject. It can be found on their website at

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The UN Women’s Evaluation Handbook on How to manage gender-responsive evaluation promotes the better use of evaluation for accountability, learning and decision-making on what works for gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Many evaluators have faced resistance from program stakeholders at some point or another. In this article, featured in Canadian Government Executive Magazine (May-June 2018), authors Marie-Hélène L’Heureux, Steve Jacob and Pernelle Smits make the case for understanding resistance and where it comes from. They delve into the individual and contextual factors that can lead to resistance, and the stages of an evaluation where it can arise.


The introduction of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has meant that it is not ‘business as usual’ within UN agencies. Reflecting on what the introduction of the SDGs means at an operational level, a Diagnostic Instrument (DI) has been developed to provide guidance and support to International Labour Office (ILO) officials for the evaluability of SDG integration in Decent Work Country Programs (DWCP) at a country level... Read more >>


The lead article in the October, 2017 of the Canadian Government Executive Magazine (Vol. 23, Issue 7) is by CES members: Johann Jacob, Chair of CES Communications and Marketing Committee; Wayne MacDonald, former Vice-President CES-New Brunswick; and Rebecca Mellett, CES Executive Director.


The annual AEA conference Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action is being held in Washington D.C. November 6-11. If you are unable to attend in person, AEA is offering free registration in the Virtual Conference.


Owing to its procedural mission and the specific characteristics of rights protection organizations, the evaluation of an Ombudsman's performance is a complex task. This article presents a knowledge synthesis of performance measurement for Ombudsman's Offices and opens the way to new reflections that are both theoretical and practical. In addition to presenting the strengths and weaknesses of the various evaluation models identified in the literature, this study clarifies the purpose of the Ombudsman and the purposes for which it is evaluated.


In September 2016, the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) published its most recent review of Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation. This 248-page reportlooks at the changes and trends in evaluation systems of the DAC Network members over the last five years.


"In an article recently published in Canadian Government Executive (Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2017), Robert Lahey, founding Head of Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Evaluation and member of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s (CES) Credentialing Board, examines the concept of deliverology in the Canadian context, including how to connect deliverology to evaluation, measuring and using results.


A recent article was published in the Evaluative Voices series of the Northern Institute (NI), Charles Darwin University (CDU), entitled Impact = Content x Influence: Evaluation, evidence and policy in Canadian Government and written by Benoît Gauthier (CE; Honorary Fellow, NI/CDU; Past President, CES; Treasurer, IOCE).


We are thrilled to welcome evaluation enthusiasts from across the country and beyond, as we explore the Edge of our practice from June 5-8 at the 2016 CES Conference in beautiful St. John’s, NL. Our call for proposals challenged evaluators to consider new, external perspectives and to share experiments in practice, in an effort to inspire, to push boundaries and to further maximize the value of evaluation.


Daniela Eberli, PhD candidate at Zurich University will present at Laval University, on Thursday (21 april 11:45 to 13:00) a conference about Evaluation Utilization in Swiss Parliaments. Location : Laval University, Pav. De-Koninck – Office 3470



"On December 19, 2014, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the resolution entitled "Capacity Building for the Evaluation of Development Activities at the Country Level" (from 1:10:28 to 1:13:04).

Congratulations to Wilfried Affodégon, this year's winner of the SQEP's presentation student contest. Wilfried is a doctoral student in political science at Laval University and a member of PerfEval. His presentation was entitled « Ombudsman : how can we evaluate intangible outcomes ? ».

Martin Gravel and Wilfried Affodegon present a communication at the 23rd conference of the Société québécoise d'évaluation de programme.
For more information, visit SQEP's website.


Steve Jacob received the 2013 Recognition Award of the Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme (or SQÉP, the Québec program evaluation society). The Society presented its first award in 1996 to recognize the contribution made to the growth of the profession in Québec by a key figure in the world of evaluation.


In this article, we analyze the evaluation function within the Quebec public administration during the 2000s as an organized action system (values, environment, resources and procedures, practice, impacts) with its consistencies and inconsistencies. Three findings emerge: the support that central agencies give to the evaluation practice is almost non-existent; the transparency of the evaluation process for the citizens is barely noticeable; and the undertaking and use of the strategic use of evaluations seem rare. This article brings the... Read more >>


Evaluation of Aboriginal Programs: What Place is Given to Participation and Cultural Sensitivity?


On 18th April 2013, the Network of Researchers in Public Policy Evaluation (RCEPP) of the French Society of Evaluation invites you to participate in its 4th research seminar : Meta-evaluation and utility in the public decision



The Network of Researchers on Policy and Programme Evaluation of the French Evaluation Society is pleased to invite you to a free research seminar on: Methods for Synthesizing Knowledge, to be held on December 10th 2012 at Paris-Dauphine University


Mbaï-Hadji Mbaïrewaye & Steve Jacob, « Cultural Dimensions of the African Evaluation Guidelines », dans Jean-Claude Barbier & Penny Hawkins (eds), Evaluation Cultures Sense-making in Complex Times, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2012.


DESAUTELS, G. & JACOB, S. (2012), « The Ethical Sensitivity of Evaluators : A Qualitative Study Using a Vignette Design », Evaluation. The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, vol. 18, n° 4, pp.437-450.


August 31, 2012, Pierre-Marc Daigneault obtained his Ph.D. from the Laval University


Steve Jacob, Louis M. Imbeau & Jean-François Bélanger, « La nouvelle gestion publique et l’accroissement des marges de manœuvre. Un terreau propice au développement de l’éthique? », Administration publique du Canada, vol. 54, n° 2, 2011, pp. 189-215.


Pierre-Marc Daigneault has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). 


Issue 3 address the theoretical and empirical link which unites professionalization and ethics in evaluation - Issue 4 focuses on the theoretical approaches in evaluation.


The book examines the degree to which evaluators seek power for their own interests. This perspective is based on a simple assumption: If you are in possession of an asset that can give you power, why not use it for your own interests?


In the last issue of Evaluation, Steve Jacob and Yves Boisvert enumerate the pros, cons and challenges regarding the professionalization of evaluation. This article also presents initiatives that the Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme has 


Two members student of the PerfEval research laboratory contribute to the last issue of Société Québécoise d’Évaluation de Programme’s newsletter. Jean-François Bélanger presents the new federal evaluation policy. Mbaï-Hadji Mbaïrewaye analyzes


The International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC’s) Evaluation Research Internships provides exposure to evaluation in an international development context. The internships are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences.


Marylise Cournoyer is pursuing a Master's Degree in International Studies (with thesis).


The Political Studies Institute of Lille, in partnership with The Network of Researchers on Evaluation of the French Evaluation Society, and the Ministry of Scientific Research and Higher Education - "Campus d'été" Programme – organizes a Summer School.


A practical guide and an issue of Performance and Evaluation Notebooks [Cahiers de la performance et de l’évaluation] on participatory evaluation have just been published.


Congratulations to Mbaï Mbaïrewaye, this year's winner of the SQEP's presentation student contest. Mbaï is a doctoral student in political science at Laval University and a member of PerfEval. 


The PerfEval research laboratory unveils their Cahiers de la performance et de l’évaluation.  This publication presents the results of research projects on the evaluation and performance of public organizations.


An article on the conceptualisation and the measurement of Participatory Evaluation has recently been published in American Journal of Evaluation by two members of the PerfEval research team.


Steve Jacob, « Les systèmes de gestion de la performance et les mutations de la gestion publique contemporaine : enjeux et défis de la logique du classement  » in Éthique publique. Revue internationale d’éthique sociétale et gouvernementale.


Jean-François Bélanger is the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master's Scholarship offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Pierre-Marc Daigneault, a PhD candidate who is a member of the PerfEval research laboratory, has received a merit-based grant from the Political Science Department to participate in the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research which will be h


Steve Jacob, « Opération chloroforme ou la réinvention de l’État rationnel : l’évaluation et les données probantes », dans Criminologie, vol. 42, n° 1, 2009, pp. 201-223.


The Laval University PerfEval Research Laboratory on Performance and Evaluation is offering Master's and Doctoral research scholarships to outstanding students demonstrating an interest in research concerning Canada’s North.


Three students will be presenting the results of their research projects at the 77th Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) (Francophone Association for Knowledge) Conference to be held this year in Ottawa.  The papers to be presented are entitl


Research Grant Awarded – The PerƒEval Laboratory has been awarded a three year research grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) within the context of its program “Northern Communities … Towards Social and Economic Prosperity


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