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Staff, Affiliated Researchers and Affiliated Researchers


Affiliated Researchers

Leslie Fierro, Ph.D.

Leslie Fierro, Ph.D., is Professor at McGill University. Her research interests focus on producing information that is valuable to understanding how to enhance collective capacity of nations to perform high-quality evaluations and effectively learn from them. As such, she engages with her graduate students as part of her National Evaluation Capacity Building Lab to conduct research that aids in understanding how to build evaluation capacity at different levels of Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model. She was previously Assistant Clinical Professor at Claremont Graduate University and also worked in the private sector and public sectors. Leslie is currently the Co Editor-In-Chief for New Directions for Evaluation, co-chair for the American Evaluation Association’s Research on Evaluation Topical Interest Group, and Board Member and instructor for The Evaluator’s Institute.

Rebecca Gokiert, Ph.D.

Rebecca Gokiert, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. She completed her PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Cognition through the Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation (CRAME) at the University of Alberta. Rebecca is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Alberta, and provides consultation and individual assessment to school boards within Alberta. Rebecca joined the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and families (CUP) in 2006 to lead the development of the Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation portfolio. Within this portfolio, she mentors research staff and students in conducting community-based research and evaluation projects, community consultation, and disseminating knowledge about early childhood research and measurement. Rebecca’s work is aimed at being responsive to the early childhood communities measurement needs by providing access to educational opportunities and resources. Rebecca’s current teaching and research focuses on community engagement, partnership development and sustainability, and is primarily in collaboration with early childhood stakeholders, immigrant, refugee and First Nation communities.

Sebastian Lemire

Sebastian Lemire, Ph.D., is Associate at Abt Associates. He brings over 15 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects for public and private sector organizations. His broad range of evaluation and applied studies covers the fields of education, market development, workforce development, and social welfare.

David Buetti, Ph.D.

David Buetti is interested in strategies and practices to strengthen the evaluation capacities of organizations working in the field of health and social services. He is the coordinator of LaboEval.

Stéphanie Maltais, Ph.D.

Stéphanie Maltais is postdoctoral researcher at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. She holds a PhD in international development. Her research focuses on crisis management, global health, international development and program evaluation. She is the editorial coordinator of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and a member of the scientific committee of the Humanitarian Alternatives journal. In 2021, she was the recipient of the Prix de la Francophonie for young researchers from the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).

Jane Whynot, Ph.D.

Jane Whynot, Ph.D. is a consultant providing evaluation and performance measurement expertise to both the government and voluntary sectors for approximately two decades. She currently serves as the Past-President of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s National Capital Chapter (CES-NCC), is an instructor at Carleton University’s Graduate Program in Evaluation (Evaluation Design/Implementation and Qualitative Methods in Evaluation), is the book review editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. Dr. Whynot studies the integration of gender-based analysis in the federal government’s evaluation function and is interested in how representations of diversity are accounted for in performance stories. She also serves as a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, the American Journal of Evaluation, Evaluation and Program Planning on the subjects of evaluation mentoring, capacity building, and theory-based approaches.


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