Benoît Gauthier

Honorary Fellow

Benoît has very strong experience in research, in academic, private and public settings. He has specialised in strategic and organisational research and intervention, in market research, in program evaluation, in applied social research and in policy analysis. Over the years, his involvement in more than 500 research and intervention assignments has allowed him to build a particular expertise in the measurement and management of client satisfaction, human resource management, economic development, health and social services, technology, immigration, housing, arts and culture, and management information systems. Concerning research methodologies, Benoît has acquired an enviable reputation as an experienced quantitative and qualitative analyst and as a top project manager.

After his doctoral studies, Benoît has succively held the positions of chief of research in a branch of the department of Justice Canada, senior evaluator at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, evaluation manager then director of program evaluation at Communications Canada and senior vice-president and chief of operations at Ekos Research Associates. In early 1996, he founded Circum Network Inc.. Over the past five years, Benoît has been more closely concerned with organisational management issues; this has allowed him to bridge concerns about measurement and management concerns. He has acquired the Credentialed Evaluator, Certified Management Consultant, and Certified Marketing Research Professional certifications. He is a member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec.

He has taught research methodology, program evaluation and the decision-making process at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the École nationale d'administration publique, University of Ottawa and the Université du Québec à Hull. He is still involved in teaching at ÉNAP and Ottawa University. He is the main author and the editor of Recherche sociale : de la problématique à la collecte des données which has gone through six French editions so far (1984, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2016; Presses de l'Université du Québec) and one Portuguese edition (2003; Lusociência).

Professional Positions and Membership

  • Canadian Association of Management Consultants, CMC; certified for the preparation of PSGGR conformity opinions
  • Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec, Adm.A.
  • Canadian Evaluation Society
    • President of the National Board of Directors (2014-2016)
    • Transitional Vice-President, Professional Designation Program (2013-2014)
    • Member of the CES Credentialing Board (2010-2013)
    • Credentialed Evaluator (2010)
    • 2006 CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada
    • 2003 CES-NCC Leadership Recognition Award
    • 2002 CES Exemplary Service Award
  • Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund
    • 2009 Award for Contribution to Research on Evaluation Practice
  • Société québécoise d'évaluation de programmes
  • American Evaluation Association
  • Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP)
  • American Association for Public Opinion Research

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Publications & Resources

Books

Recherche sociale : de la problématique à la collecte des données, Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1984, second edition, 1992, third edition 1997, fourth edition 2003, fifth edition 2008, sixth edition 2016, 670 pages
(Recherche sociale was published in Portuguese in 2003 by Lusociência under the title Investigação Social)

PUNCH Documentation, user manual for the PUNCH software, Circum Network Inc., 1996-1999, 100 pages

Recherche sociale : cahier d'exercices, Québec, Télé-Université, Université du Québec, 1988, second edition 1993, 367 pages

Recherche sociale : corrigé des exercices, Québec, Télé-Université, Université du Québec, 1988, second edition 1993, 150 pages

SAS, manuel d'introduction, with Jean Crête, Ottawa, University of Ottawa Bookstore, 1983, 165 pages

Méta-évaluation en affaires sociales : analyse de cent cas d'évaluations de programmes, Québec, Conseil québécois de la recherche sociale, Social Affairs Department, 1983, 304 pages

Logement et politiques gouvernementales : le cas de Donnacona, Québec, Université Laval, Master's thesis published by the Laboratoire d'études politiques et administratives, 1979, 265 pages

Journal Articles

“On the Future of Program Evaluation”, Canadian Government Executive Magazine, vol. 21, no. 10, December 2015, pages 18-20.

"The CES Professional Designations Program: Views from Members", Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 29, no. 3, special issue 2015, pages 98-133, with Natalie Kishchuk, Shelley Borys, and Simon N. Roy.

"View from the Credentialing Board: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going", Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 29, no. 3, special issue 2015, pages 86-97, with Gail Vallance Barrington, Christine Frank, and Karyn Hicks.

"Professional Standards for Evaluators: The Development of an Action Plan for the Canadian Evaluation Society", Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 29, no. 3, special issue 2015, pages 21-32, avec Gerald Halpern and James C. McDavid.

"Learning Circles for Advanced Professional Development in Evaluation", Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 28, no. 1, Spring 2013, pages 87-96, with Shelley Borys, Natalie Kishchuk and Simon Roy.

"The lay of the land: evaluation practice in Canada in 2009" (et alii), Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 24, no. 1, spring 2009, pages 1-49

"Evaluation practice in Canada: results of a national survey", Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 21, no. 3, special issue 2006, pages 1-42, with Shelley Borys, Natalie Kishchuk and Simon Roy.

"Enquête sur les pratiques et les enjeux de l'évaluation au Canada", Bulletin de la Société québécoise d'évaluation de programme, volume 18, no. 2, December 2005, with Shelley Borys, Natalie Kishchuk et Simon Roy.

"Are all samples of telephone numbers created equal?", Vue, February 2005, pages 14-17.

"Electronic Collaboration Tools: Opening Up a New World of Possibilities for Evaluators", Evaluation Exchange, vol. 10, no. 3, fall 2004, page 21.

"The lay of the land: evaluation practice in Canada today" (et alii), Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2004, pages 143-178.

"Le concours de simulation : le point de vue d'un juge", Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, vol. 18, no. 1, Spring 2003, pages 119-126.

"Performance tools — Web data collection", Measuring Up, vol. 1, no. 4, October 2002, pages 19-20. (http://performanceresources.97.ca/Measuring%20Up/Volume_1_4/volume_1_4.html)

François-Pierre Gingras and Benoît Gauthier, "L'avenir de la droite fédérale en Ontario passe-t-elle par la fusion du Parti réformiste et du Parti progressiste-conservateur ?", http://circum.com/index.cgi?en:doc:T005, 4 juin 1997.

"La question du chômage et le caractère dinstinctif de l'électorat québécois au scrutin fédéral de 1993 (with François-Pierre Gingras and Frank Graves), Revue québécoise de science politique, no. 27, spring 1996, pp. 51-122 (Abstract)

"Lecture et société", Documentation et bibliothèques, January 1994

"L'avenir de l'évaluation au Québec et la place des conseillers privés et universitaires", L'avenir de l'évaluation au Québec, proceedings from the November 18, 1991, conference organised by the Société québécoise d'évaluation de programmes and the École nationale d'administration publique, 1992, pp. 55-63

Websites

Benoît Gauthier

Contacts

T: +1 819 770-2423
E: gauthier@circum.com

Gatineau, Québec