Brad Cousins


Brad Cousins
Emeritus Professor

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Brad Cousins


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 (forthcoming). 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.


Gagnon, F., Aubrey, T., Cousins, J. B., Goh, S.C. & Elliott, C.(2018). Validation of the evaluation capacity in organizations questionnaire.

Svensson, K., Szijarto, B. Milley, P. & Cousins, J. B. (2018). Evaluating social innovations: implications for evaluation design.

Milley, P., Szijarto, B., Svensson, K., & Cousins, J. B. (2018). The Evaluation of social innovation: A review and integration of the current empirical knowledge base.

Chaplowe, S. & Cousins, J. B. (2016). Monitoring and evaluation training that makes a difference: A systems approach to M&E training.


Evidence-based Principles to Guide Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation.

Faculty of Education - University of Ottawa, April 1, 2021



Fields of Interest

  • Program evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Role of school principals
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