J. Bradley Cousins is Professor of Program Evaluation and Organizational Studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. Professor Cousins' main academic interests are in program evaluation including participatory and collaborative approaches, utilization issues and evaluation capacity building. He is author of several articles, international handbook chapters and books on evaluation related topics, including Participatory Evaluation in Education (1995 co-edited with Lorna Earl), The Sage International Handbook of Educational Evaluation. (2009, co-edited with Katherine Ryan), Participatory Evaluation up Close (2012, co-authored with Jill Chouinard) and Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation (2014, co-edited with Isabelle Bourgeois). Cousins received his Ph.D. in educational measurement and evaluation from the University of Toronto in 1988. He recently received from the American Evaluation Association the prestigious Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award 2008 for contributions to evaluation theory. Recognized by his University of Ottawa peers in 2004 for excellence in research, Cousins is the 2007 recipient of the Canadian Evaluation Society (National Capital Chapter) ‘Karl Boudreau Award for Leadership in Evaluation' He also received the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration 1989 “Doctoral Dissertation Award”, and in 1999 the “Contributions to Evaluation in Canada” award from the Canadian Evaluation Society. He was Editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation from 2002 to 2010 and served as Program Co-Chair for the CES/AEA joint conference held in Toronto in October 2005.

Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4036
E-Mail Address : bcousins@uOttawa.ca


  • Full Professor

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  • Ph.D., Educational Measurement and Evaluation, University of Toronto, 1988
  • M.A, Experimental Psychology, Lakehead University, 1981
  • B.A., Psychology, Trent University, 1977

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  • Program evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Role of school principals

Publications

Books Authored

  1. Cousins, J. B., & Chouinard, J. A., Participatory evaluation up close: A review and integration of the research base, Charlotte, NC, Information Age Press, 2012

Books Edited

  1. Cousins, J. B. & Bourgeois, I (Eds.)., Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation, San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 2014

Chapters In Books

  1. Cousins, J. B., Hay, K. E., & Chouinard, J. A., “Privileging the learning function of evaluation as a means to sustainable evaluation field building”, Issues in evaluation use and decision making in society, Vo, A & Christie, C., Charlotte, NC, Inoformation Age, 2015

  2. Chouinard, J. A., & Cousins, J. B., “Conceptual and practical intersections between participatory evaluation and qualitative inquiry”, Qualitative Inquiry in the Practice of Evaluation, InL. Goodyear, J. Jewiss, E. Basela, J. Usinger (Eds.), San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass., 2014

  3. Cousins, J. B., Goh, S., Elliott, C, & Bourgeois, I, “Framing the Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation”, Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation No 141, Cousins, J. B. & Bourgeois, I, San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 2014, 7-23

  4. Cousins, J. B., Bourgeois, I & Associates, “Multiple Case Study Methods and Findings”, Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation No. 141, Cousins, J. B. & Bourgeois, I, San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 2014, 25-120

  5. Cousins, J. B., & Bourgeois, I, “Cross-Case Analysis and Implications for Research, Theory and Practice”, Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation No. 141, Cousins, J. B. & Bourgeois, I, San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 2014, 101-100

  6. Cousins, J. B. & Bourgeois, I, “Postscript: That was then, this is now”, Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation No. 141, J. B. Cousins & I Bourgeios, San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 2014, 121-124

  7. Cousins, J. B., “Privileging empiricism in our profession: Understanding use through systematic inquiry”, Evaluation Roots (Second Edition), InM. C. Alkin (Ed.), Thousand Oaks, Sage, 2013

Papers In Refereed Journals

  1. Chouinard, J. A & Cousins, J. B., “The Journey from rhetoric to reality: Participatory evaluation in a development context”, Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 27, 2015, 5-39

  2. Shulha, L., Whitmore, E., Cousins, J. B., Al Hudib, H, & Gilbert, N., “Introducing evidence Based Principles to Guide collaborative approaches to evaluation: Results of an empirical process”, American Journal of Evaluation, (Under review, 2015)

  3. Cousins, J. B., Goh, S., Elliott, C, Aubry, T. & Gilbert, N, “Government and voluntary sector differences in organizational capacity to do and use evaluation”, Evaluation and Program Planning, 44, 2014, 1-13

  4. Moreau, K & Cousins, J. B., “Making Program Evaluation Activities Family-Centered: A Qualitative Study”, Disability and Rehabilitation, 36 11, 2014, 948-958

  5. Moreau, K & Cousins, J. B., “A Survey of Program Evaluation Practices in Family-Centered Pediatric Rehabilitation Settings”, Evaluation and Program Planning, 43, 2014, 1-8

  6. Chouinard, J. A., Milley, P. & Cousins, J. B., “Intersections between participatory evaluation and social pedagogy”, Pedagogía Social Revista interuniversitaria, 24, 2014, 137-162

  7. Cousins, J. B., Whitmore, E, & Shulha, “Let there be light: Response to Fetterman et al. 2014”, American Journal of Evaluation, 35(1), 2014, 149-153

  8. Chouinard, J. A & Cousins, J. B., “Participatory evaluation for development: Examining research-based knowledge from within the African context”, African Evaluation Journal, 1(1), 2013, 1-9

  9. Bourgeois, I. & Cousins, J. B., “Understanding dimensions of organizational evaluation capacity”, American Journal of Evaluation, 34(3), 2013, 299-319

  10. Kuji-Shikatani, K., McDavid, J., Cousins, J. B., & Buchanan, H., “Canada: Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education and its Impacts on Professionalizing Evaluation in Canada.”, Japanese Journal of Evaluation Studies., 2(12), 2013, 11-22

  11. Cousins, J. B., “When does a conceptual framework become a theory? Reflections from an accidental theorist”, Evaluation and Program Planning, 38, 2013, 67-70

  12. Cousins, J. B., Whitmore, E., & Shulha, L. M., “Arguments for a common set of principles for collaborative inquiry in evaluation”, American Journal of Evaluation, 34(1), 2013, 7-22

Papers In Non-Refereed Journal

  1. I. Bourgeois, J. B. Cousins, “Reaching organizational goals through improved evaluation capacity”, Canadian Government Executive, 21(1), 2015, 27

Major Invited Contributions And/Or Technical Reports

Major Invited Contributions

Technical Report

  1. J. B. Cousins and RMSA Tream, Formative Evaluation of RMSA Teacher In-service Training: Volume 1, Main Report, RMSA Technical Cooperation Agency, New Delhi, June 2015

  2. Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, CRECS 15TH Year Anniversary Report, CRECS, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, June, 2015

  3. Cousins, J. B., Whitley J., Support for building innovative practice initiative: Request for services No 1062: Final Report, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, Ottawa, 2014, September

  4. Whitley, J. & Cousins, J. B., Support for building innovative practice initiative: Request for services No. 1313: Final report, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, Ottawa, 2013, Oct

  5. Whitley, J., Cousins, J. B., Duquette, C., Elliott, C., & Orders, S, Evaluation of the Ontario Ministry of Education's Differentiated Instruction Professional Learning Strategy, Ottawa: Centre for Research on Education and Community Services, December 2012

Papers Read And Presentations

Abstracts And/Or Papers Read In A Learned Society (Oral Or Poster)

  1. Cousins, J. B., Evidence-based principles to guided collaborative approaches to evaluation, Expert lecture delivered at the annual meeting of the, Canadian Evaluation Society, Montreal, (June, 2015)

  2. Whitmore, E, Cousins, J. B. & Al Hudib, H, Development and validation of principles of collaborative approaches to evaluation, Panel presentation made at the annual meeting of the, America Evaluation Association, Denver, (2014, Oct.)

  3. Chouinard, J, Milley, P., & Cousins, J. B., An exploration of the intersections between participatory evaluation and social pedagogy, Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the, European Evaluation Society, Dublin, (2014, Oct.)

  4. Gagnon, F, & Cousins, J. B., What qualifies as ‘good’ evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of anti-bullying programs? A critical realist perspective with a construct validity twist, Paper presented at the biennial conference of the, European Evaluation Society, Dublin, (2014, Oct)

  5. Cousins, J. B., Shulha, L, Whitmore, E., Gilbert, N. & Al Hudib, H., Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation: Differentiating Successful from Unsuccessful Projects, Paper presented at the biennial conference of the, European Evaluation Society, Dublin, (2014, Oct.)

  6. Cousins, J. B., The Future of Evaluation, Keynote panel presentation at the annual meeting of the, Canadian Evaluation Society, Ottawa, (2014, June)

  7. Cousins, J. B. & Bourgeois, I, That was then, this is now: Fruits from a Canadian research program on evaluation capacity building, Presentation made at the annual meeting of the, Canadian Evaluation Society, Ottawa, (2014, June)

  8. Cousins, J. B., Svensson, K, Sjiarto, B., Pinsent, C., Andrew, C. & Sylvestre, J., Assessing the Non-Academic Impact 0f Research on Evaluation (RoE), Paper presented at the annual conference of the, America Evaluation Association, Washington, (2013, Oct)

  9. Cousins, J. B., Svensson, K. Szijarto, B. Lemyre, L,, Evaluating Knowledge Mobilization: The case for a contribution analysis approach, Paper presented at the annual conference of the, Canadian Evaluation Society, Toronto, (2013, June)

  10. Cousins, J. B., Adapting and supplementing texts for diverse contexts, Presentation made at the annual meeting of the, American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, (2012, Oct)

  11. Cousins, J. B. & Chouinard, J., Beyond the Status Quo: Methodological Challenges for Research on Participatory Evaluation, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the, American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, (2012, Oct)

  12. Cousins, J. B. & Hay K, Privileging the Learning Function of Evaluation as a Means to Sustainable Evaluation Field Building, Presentation made at the annual meeting of the, Canadian Evaluation Society, Halifax, (2012, June)

  13. Cousins, J. B., Independence and the Evaluator – A View from Different Perspectives, Panel presentation made at the annual meeting of the, Canadian Evaluation Society, Halifax, (2102, June)

Keynote Addresses

  1. Cousins, J. B., “Toward and RoE Theory of Change”, American Educational Research Association, Special Interest Group: Research on Evaluation, San Francisco

  2. Cousins, J. B., “Innovation in Evaluation: Academic Perspective”, Annual Learning Event of the Canadian Evaluation Society, National Capital Chapter, Ottawa, 2013, February

Other Contributions

Workshops, Round Tables

  1. Cousins, J. B., “Data Analysis Festival -- Evaluation of RMSA Teacher In-service Evaluation”, TCA-RMSA, New Delhi, February 2015

  2. Cousins, J. B., “Instrument Development for RMSA In-service Training Evaluation”, TCA-RMSA, New Delhi, August 2014

  3. Cousins, J. B. & Whitley, “Building Innovative Practice Initiative”, Ontario Ministry of Education, Toronto, 2013 May

  4. Whitley, J. & Cousins, J. B., “Supporting Instructional Leadership”, Managing Information for Student Achievement - Professional Learning Network, Kingston, 2012, June

  5. Cousins, J. B., “Getting Published”, Evaluation Conclave, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013, February

  6. Cousins, J. B., Whitmore, E., & Shulha, L. M., “Arguments for a common set of principles for collaborative inquiry in evaluation”, Think tank presentedat the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, 2012, Oct

  7. Cousins, J. B., “Getting Published”, Canadian Evaluation Society, Halifax, 2012, June

  8. Cousins, J. B., “Getting Published: Dissemination Strategies beyond the Evaluation”, Pre-conference workshop at the African Evaluation Association meeting, Accra, Ghana, (2012, January).