Citizens have a right to expect both accountability in their governments and quality in the public programs and services they receive. In support of that right, trained program evaluators use social science research tools to check the effects of public programs.
Their technical talents — whether exercised in governments, international development agencies, consulting firms, businesses or non-profits — add enormous value by measuring and communicating program performance, effectiveness and impact. People skills are equally important: the job of an evaluator requires asking the right questions, recognizing clients’ unique interests, as well as managing processes that require collaboration but may involve conflict.
Our online graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation (DPPE) prepares you to take on the roles of evaluators and managers of evaluation. Because the DPPE is delivered exclusively online, you can complete it while employed without the need to relocate to the National Capital Region.
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Robert Shepherd co-authors “Smarter Government for Turbulent Times”
SPPA Professor Robert Shepherd co-authors report with Evert Lindquist "Smarter Government for Turbulent Times", calling for strategic spending reviews by Federal Government. ...
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Call for Evaluation Projects!
Does your team have an evaluation-related problem it’s trying to answer? Have your project examined by some of the brightest evaluation students in the country, under the supervision of our DPPE faculty. ...
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Rob Shepherd: Spending reviews and the Government of Canada: From episodic to institutionalized capabilities and repertoires
By Evert Lindquist and Robert P. Shepherd First published: 19 June 2023, in IPAC's Canadian Public...
Monday, April 3, 2023
Wanted: new federal ethics commissioner. Salary: $110,000 less than the others were paid
SPPA Professor Robert Shepherd comments in this Montreal Gazette article on the new salary range for the Conflict of Interest and Ethics...
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Mahmoud Rahim: Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation
I come from Toronto and grew up in Halifax. I spent most of my young adult life in Calgary. While living in Calgary I obtained my BSc in electrical engineering from the University...