Meet your DPPE instructors. These instructors bring decades of collective experience in evaluation to the classroom. As a team, they will guide you through the core and practicum courses, drawing on their knowledge of evaluation theory and practice. Read below to learn more about their experience and expertise. You can also find more information on Professor Robert Shepherd at his faculty profile page.

Steve Montague


Steve Montague is currently an adjunct professor for the School of Public Policy and Administration. He has over 35 years of experience in performance planning and measurement, program evaluation, market research, review and audit projects as a management consultant and as an evaluation manager in a major Canadian federal government department. Steve has managed major projects analyzing a wide variety of programs for Canadian federal, provincial, United States, and Australian governments, as well as conducting recent work for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Scottish Government and the World Bank. He has published articles and given numerous presentations and workshops on evaluation, performance management and information management.

Steve has been involved in the implementation of performance-based management systems in a number of government organizations. He has developed an approach to results-based management which he has taught in workshops, on behalf of the Canadian Treasury Board, the Office of the Auditor General and the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), since 1992. He has put on courses for international audiences (e.g., Steve has given major presentations and seminars to audiences at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the OECD, World Bank-International Finance Corporation, European Resource Directors, the G8, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). Steve delivered performance workshops in Australia as visiting scholar for BehaviourWorks – a group affiliated with Monash University – this included work with the State of Victoria’s Environmental Protection Agency. Over 200 organizations and 10,000 persons have been reached by these workshops. He has advised, coached and monitored managers and officers on results-based management at all government levels across a wide variety of agencies.

Steve is a founding member of the Performance and Planning Exchange, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the exchange of information and ideas on performance planning, measurement and reporting. He is also an active member of the Canadian Evaluation Society and part of the science and technology technical interest group of the American Evaluation Association. Steve has been chosen by the CES to deliver the Essential Skills Series in Evaluation each year since 2004.

Steve has four times been distinguished for his contribution to Canadian evaluation. In 2015, Steve received the Contribution to Evaluation in Canada award from the Canadian Evaluation Society. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the CES. Steve received the Leadership in Evaluation award from the Canadian Evaluation Society National Capital Region in 2003. Prior to that – while working in the Federal service in the mid 1980’s he received a Government of Canada merit award for his contribution to a technology centre evaluation study.

Teaching Duties:

He currently teaches PADM 5445: Program Evaluation Planning and Designs

The course focuses on the application of evaluation research designs to actual projects. The course focuses on managing evaluation projects at the planning states and covers the design of formative, summative and developmental programs, designs for policy evaluation, attribution and contribution analysis, as well as the application of logics models.

Jane Whynot


Dr. Jane Whynot holds a PhD from the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa; her area of research regards the integration of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) in the Canadian federal government evaluation system. She has always been interested in how equity, diversity and inclusion are reflected in performance stories and came by this interest honestly after spending almost a decade at Status of Women Canada (SWC) as the organization’s solo evaluator.

Jane’s current research stems from a Masters of Assessment and Evaluation (University of Melbourne), and a graduate certificate in Policy and Program Evaluation (Carleton University) as part of the DPPE’s first cohort. She started teaching in PADM5445 Evaluation Design and Implementation with one of her mentors but shifted to PADM5443 Qualitative Methods in Evaluation as the program shifted online. Jane holds undergraduate degrees in both Sociology (Carleton University) and psychology (York University). She has also taught Introduction to Evaluation courses at other universities but her priorities are strongly aligned with Carleton University’s emphasis on theory-based approaches. Jane has also been a contract instructor sharing her expertise on GBA Plus with other provinces.

Jane has published in the areas of theory-based evaluation, evaluation capacity building, mentoring efforts in evaluation, intersectionality in evaluation, and evaluation education. She regularly serves as a reviewer for the evaluation journals on these topics.

Jane currently serves as part of the editorial team as the book review editor for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (CJPE) and has been a judge at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Educational Fund (CESEF) Case Competition where evaluation students from across the country compete to demonstrate their fledging evaluation expertise. Jane is the former Past-President of the Canadian Evaluation Society’s National Capital Chapter.

In this capacity, Jane served as one of the co-chairs of the CES national evaluation conference in 2014 which included all responsibilities related to all dimensions of planning and executing an evaluation conference. She has been honoured with both academic and professional society awards for her work in the area of gender and evaluation at the national and local levels: in 2020 Jane received CES’s National Service to the Society Award and in 2021 was honoured as the recipient of the Karl Boudreault Award for Leadership in Evaluation.

Teaching Duties:

She currently teaches PADM5443: Qualitative Research Methods in Evaluation.

The course covers qualitative methods used in evaluation research, introducing students to techniques such as qualitative data gathering and how to manage, evaluate and report qualitative evidence. Students will also consider how to formulate research questions and design research strategies in light of their questions.

Benoit Gauthier


Benoît is a credentialed evaluator. He came to evaluation in 1983 with a graduate degree in political science and quantitative analysis. He served as a government evaluator for seven years before moving to the private sector where he diversified his experience with assignments in strategic and organizational research and intervention, in market research, in applied social research and in policy analysis. In the early 90s, Benoît completed a graduate degree in public administration. Over the years, his involvement in more than 500 research and intervention assignments (including more than 100 evaluations) has allowed him to build a particular expertise in a variety of domains and to develop an interest in organizational management issues and the bridging of measurement concerns and management concerns.

Since 2001, Benoît has contributed to associative life in evaluation with particular involvement in the Canadian Evaluation Society (where he built the association’s web presence and later led the Credentialing program as well as the Board of Directors), the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (treasurer and vice-president), EvalPartners (member of the Board of Trustees), and the Réseau Francophone de l’Évaluation (vice-president and president). Benoît believes that collective action is key to the development of the theory and practice of evaluation and to the professionalization of its practitioners.

Benoît also believes in the power of sharing one’s experiences and thoughts. He was the editor of the first six editions of Recherche sociale: de la problématique à la collecte des données, a textbook on social research in French. He also published some 40 articles and book chapters. Since 2000, he has made upwards of 120 presentations at conferences and in other settings.

Before lecturing at Carleton University, Benoît taught social research methodology, program evaluation and decision-making methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Quebec École nationale d’administration publique, University of Ottawa, and Université du Québec en Outaouais. He is an adjunct professor at ÉNAP, an Honorary Fellow of the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, and a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society. He has received the CES Service Award, the CES-NCC Leadership Recognition Award, the CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada, and the CESEF Award for Contribution to Research on Evaluation Practice.

Teaching Duties:

Benoît is charged with PADM 5442, Quantitative Research Methods for Program Evaluation, which introduces students to the creation, assessment, and use of quantitative data. In this regard, his claim to fame is to have developed a course that is highly practical, action-oriented and intuition-focussed: we spend time studying what can be done with the data and statistics rather than on the more or less arcane aspects of producing statistics.

Daniel Caron


Daniel J. Caron is a professor at the National School of Public Administration where he is the holder of the Research chair on information resources management. He holds a BA and an MA in Economics from Université Laval and a PhD in Applied Human Sciences from Université de Montréal.

His areas of expertise and research include information resources management, evaluation of program and public policy and aboriginal issues. He is currently one of the co-chairs of the panel on transparency and open government at the International Research Society of Public Management. His research efforts focus on the impact of digital technologies on the use of information resources in the functioning of the State and public organizations. He has published numerous articles in the field of public administration. In 2011, he published Web HT.0. For an informed society: digital relevance and its challenges for democratic societies in the 21st century at Editions Hermann, Paris. His latest book, L’Homme imbibé , was published in spring 2014 and focuses on issues related to the digital environment and its impact on the development of individual code of interpretation in our societies.

Prior to being fully engaged in academic work, Daniel J. Caron worked for more than thirty years in the Canadian Public Service. His last position was Deputy Head of Library and Archives Canada.

Teaching Duties:

He currently teaches PADM 5446: Program Evaluation Conduct, Analysis and Reporting

The course is about applying evaluation to actual projects. It will cover topics such as the management of evaluation projects in practice, the selection of appropriate methods of analysis, determining evaluation findings and recommendations, visualizing data, and reporting techniques.

Diane Simsovic


Diane Simsovic holds a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is an SPPA PhD in Public Policy candidate.

She is passionate about meaningful government relationships with businesses and citizens grounded in collaboration.

Throughout her career, Diane has taken on several directorial roles in the Government of Alberta, has worked as a Director of Economic Development in the Regional Municipality of Niagrara, and Director of Policy and Economic Development in the Falklands Islands Government.

Teaching Duties:

She teaches PADM 5444 cost-benefit analysis which introduces students to this form of analysis in the Canadian evaluation context.

The course covers topics including cost-benefit analysis in its application to public sector investments, pricing and other forms of valuation, the use of discount rates, marginal costs, and shadow pricing, as well as issues surrounding risk and uncertainty.