2004 Award for Excellence in Research Recipient
Described as one of the eminent evaluation theorists who have appealed for increase of empirical knowledge of evaluation, Professor Bradley Cousins already has brought a notably significant contribution to the field of researches on specialization in program evaluation and knowledge utilization. Prolific researcher and esteemed scholar, Professor Cousins forwards a wide curriculum and already has reached a notoriety rarely achieved after only a decade of labour.
Bradley Cousins is internationally recognized as a milestone character in contemporary research in evaluation and educational administration. Over the past 10 years, the influence of his opus has been increasingly felt among other educators in his field of research.
Professor Cousins completed a B.A. in Psychology at Trent University in 1977. He then turned to Lakehead University for a master's degree in Experimental Psychology in 1981, and to the University of Toronto for a doctorate in Educational Measurement and Evaluation in 1988.
Throughout the years, Professor Cousins has filled numerous positions of evaluation consultant and research consultant in many unrelated fields across Canada, from Toronto's Labatt Brewing Co. to Vancouver's Columbia Center for the Management of Pain and Stress. Cousins then joined the University of Ottawa as Associate Professor with the Faculty in 1993. He also held the office of Director of the Professional Development Programs from 1997 to 2000.
On editorial grounds, Professor Cousins has been the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation since 2001, publication for which he recently wrote Integrative Evaluative Inquiry into the Organizational Culture: A Review and Synthesis of the Knowledge Base.
His works have been acclaimed as he was honoured, among all, with the Twelfth Annual Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration Dissertation Award in 1989. He was also profiled in the International Encyclopedia of Evaluation in 2004.
From 2002 to 2004, Professor Cousins has been ex-officio member of the Performance and Evaluation Committee, which advises the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in developing and implementing a results-based accountability framework, as well as a variety of programs and project-level evaluations. Previously, he had been Principal Evaluator of the SSHRC in the early 1990s.