The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

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The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation is published three times a year by the CES (under the international standard serial number ISSN 0834-1516). The journal seeks to promote the theory and practice of program evaluation. To this end CJPE publishes full-length articles on all aspects of the theory and practice of evaluation and shorter Evaluation Practice Notes which share practical knowledge, experiences and lessons learned. A third section of the journal, Addressing Challenges in Evaluation Practice, presents real-life cases written by evaluation practitioners. The journal has a particular interest in articles reporting original empirical research on evaluation. CJPE is a completely bilingual journal, publishing in both English and French. Readership includes academics, practitioners and policymakers. CJPE attracts authors and readers internationally.

The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation seeks to promote the theory and practice of program evaluation in Canada by publishing:
  • Articles on all aspects of the theory and practice of evaluation, including methodology, evaluation standards, implementation of evaluations, reporting and use of studies, and the audit or metaevaluation of evaluation.
  • Addressing Challenges in Evaluation Practice articles presenting real-life cases by evaluation practitioners. 
  • Evaluation Practice Notes on all aspects of evaluation practice with the goal of sharing practical knowledge, experiences and lessons learned of benefit to the evaluation community.
  • Book Reviews that provide a critique of authored and edited volumes of interest and relevance to the evaluation field.

Editor-In-Chief:

Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health,
University of Toronto 155 College Street,
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 3M7
(416)978-3901
Fax (416)946-0340

cjpe@evaluationcanada.ca

ISSN: 0834-1516
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
155 College Street, Room 540
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7
Tel: (416)978-3901
Fax: (416)946-0340
cjpe@utoronto.ca

EDITORIAL TEAM
Associate Editor:
Isabelle Bourgeois, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ecole nationale d'administration publique

Associate Editor Francophone:
Astrid Brousselle
Professeure titulaire, Département des Sciences de la santé communautaire, Université de Sherbrooke


Book Review Editor:
Jill Anne Chouinard
University of Ottawa


Editorial Assistant:
Emily Taylor
Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
University of Toronto


EDITORIAL BOARD
Courtney Amo, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Government of Canada
Tim Aubry, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa
Ilsa Blidner,
Ilsa Blidner Consulting Inc, Toronto
Paul Brandon, College of Education, University of Hawaii
Professor Brad Cousins, University of Ottawa
Nathalie Dubois,
École nationale d'administration publique
Paul Favaro, Chief of Assessment and Accountability, Peel Board of Education
Swee Goh, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Christophe Kellerhals,
Commission externe d'évaluation des politiques publiques du canton de Genève (CEPP)
Marlène Mary Laeubli Loud, Consultant, Switzerland
Chris Lovato, University of British Columbia
Charles Lusthaus, Consultant, Montréal
John Mayne,
Consultant, Ottawa
James McDavid, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
Céline Mercier, Centre de réadaptation Lisette Dupras, Lachine
Anita Myers, Department of Health Studies, University of Waterloo
Michael Obrecht, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
John M Owen, Centre for Program Evaluation, University of Melbourne, Australia
Burt Perrin, Consultant, France
Cheryl Poth, University of Alberta
Hallie Preskill, Executive Director, FSG Social Impact Consultants, San Francisco
Lucie Richard,
Faculté des sciences infirmières, Université de Montréal
Valéry Ridde, Faculté de médecine, Université Laval
Ray C. Rist, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Mark Seasons, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
Robert V. Segsworth, Department of Political Science, Laurentian University
Souraya Sidani,
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Nick L. Smith, School of Education, Syracuse University
Sanjeev Sridharan, Health Policy Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto
Rosalie Torres, Developmental Studies Center, Oakland
Sue Weinstein, Consultant, Toronto
PEER REVIEW PROCESS

All submitted manuscripts will be subject to a double blind peer review by up to four expert members of the evaluation research community. Authors are required to ensure that all clues to their identity are removed from manuscripts submitted for potential publication. Copies of the reviewers’ comments will be sent to authors with identities withheld.

The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation judges a submission's suitability for publication in the journal (using the ranking scale: not applicable, excellent, good adequate, marginal, poor) as based on these criteria:
  • Significance of topic
  • Literature review
  • Conceptualization
  • Methodology
  • Data analyses
  • Interpretation
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Validity of conclusions
  • Reader interest
AUTHOR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Articles
Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated in relation to:
  • Relevance to the Canadian context in respect to either the programs subjected to evaluation or issues applicable to the practice of evaluation in Canada and elsewhere
  • Clarity and conciseness, articles of less than 6,000 words are encouraged;
  • Originality;
  • The mix of theoretical, methodological, and reported findings available for publication in any particular issue of the Journal.
  • Addressing Challenges in Evaluation Practices
We encourage submissions that highlight real-life challenges encountered in evaluation design, conduct, reporting, knowledge transfer, and utilization.  Rich descriptions of challenges and of approaches to addressing challenges are invited.  Articles must include the following three sections and provide answers to all of the following "interview" questions:

  • Description of Case and Evaluation Content
    • Why was the evaluation conducted? What did the client want to learn?
    • What resources (time, money, in-kind, etc.) were available for conducting the evaluation? Were they suitable for answering the evaluation questions?
    • Description of Challenges and how they Impede the Evaluation Process?
    • What challenges did you face in conducting this evaluation?
    • To what extent did you or could you have anticipated these challenges?
    • How did these challenges affect the implementation of the evaluation?
    • Description of how Challenges were addresses?
    • How did you address each of these challenges?
    • What should evaluators do to avoid these challenges to start off with?
    • What would you recommend for others faced with similar challenges?
    • What, if any, are the systemic issues that the evaluation community should address?

Submissions must follow this general structure and be written as interview questions and answers. Authors may add additional "interview" questions. Authors should aim for 1,500 to 3,000 words. All submissions will be subject to blind peer review. Review comments connecting the case to evaluation research literature will be published alongside the article.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Manuscripts may only be submitted in electronic format;
  • Manuscripts should not exceed a maximum of 6,000 words;
  • Manuscripts must include an abstract in both official languages of no more than 100 words;
  • All copy must be doublespaced on 8.5 x 11 inch pages. One inch margins are required on all four sides;
  • All tables and figures must be numbered separately and grouped together at the end of the manuscript. Clearly visible notes within the text should indicate their approximate placement.  Figures must also be submitted in individual JPG, TIF, or PDF files with a minimum of 300-dpi resolution;
  • Manuscripts must conform to the referencing format of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009).  All authors of manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to APA style will be charged a copyediting fee that must be paid before the manuscript is published.
  • Content footnotes are discouraged and should be used only when absolutely necessary;
  • All submitted manuscripts will be subject to blind review by up to four (4) expert members of the evaluation community.  Authors are required to ensure that all clues to their identity are removed from manuscripts submitted for potential publication. Copies of reviewers' comments will be sent to all authors with identities withheld.
SUBMISSION PREPARATION CHECKLIST

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor);
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format;
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided;
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font and employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses);
  • All tables are numbered separately and grouped together at the end of the manuscript;
  • Illustrations and figures must be submitted under 'supplementary files' as individual JPG, TIF, or PDF files with a minimum of 300-dpi resolution;
  • Clearly visible notes within the text indicate the approximate placement of tables, illustrations and figures;
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal;
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
WHY BECOME A MEMBER OF CES?

Click here for a short presentation brochure that summarizes the CES, who we aim to reach and the benefits of membership.

By becoming a Member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, you join a community of practice of over 1,800 professional evaluator’s coast-to-coast dedicated to world-class professional standards. As part of a vibrant professional development network, you will also benefit from tangible rewards.

You will have access to exclusive networking opportunities to engage with colleagues,.you will stay informed and access the latest in training and professional.
 
When you join the CES, you enter a diverse network composed of self-employed, provincial & federal government, university, private business, students and NGO evaluators.We aim to support individuals with varying levels of evaluation knowledge and experience, including students, new practitioners, applied researchers and users of evaluation results.

Click Here for more information or to join the CES.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Evaluation practitioners, researchers and theorists are invited to prepare and submit manuscripts for review and possible publication in The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Evaluation Society. The Journal publishes:
  • Articles of up to 6,000 words (generally) on all aspects of the theory and practice of evaluation including methodology; standards of practice; strategies to enhance the implementation, reporting, and use of evaluations; and evaluation audits/meta-evaluations. Articles reporting original empirical research on evaluation are of particular interest.
  • Addressing Challenges in Evaluation Practice articles of between 1,500 and 3,000 words that present real-life cases by evaluation practitioners.
  • Evaluation Practice Notes of between 1,000 and 3,000 words all aspects of evaluation practice with the goal of sharing practical knowledge, experiences and lessons learned of benefit to the evaluation community.
  •  Book Reviews of up to 1,000 words that provide a critique of authored and edited volumes of interest and relevance to the evaluation field.
Articles are published in English or French. Authors should ensure that all clues as to their identity are removed from manuscripts prior to submission. Prospective contributors are invited to forward an electronic copy of their manuscript (double-spaced) to Robert Schwartz at: cjpe@evaluationcanada.ca. For more information contact the Editor at cjpe@evaluationcanada.ca or visit the Journal page on the CES Web site.
PURCHASING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES
In order to benefit members of the CES, the three most recent issues of the journal are reserved for members only, All other journal content is open access and available to non-members. Non-members wishing to purchase individual journal articles from the three most recent issues may do so by contacting the CES Secretariat (secretariat@evaluationcanada.ca) for a fee of $20.

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