PPX Webinars


February 17, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by the Performance and Planning Exchange (PPX), the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance and the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, the Program Evaluation at Carleton University and the Canadian Evaluation Society NCC.

Guest speaker:
Jane Whynot, PhD
Partner at Goss Gilroy Inc. and part-time professor at Carleton University

Prof. Eric Champagne
University of Ottawa and PPX

In Canada, the resurgence of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) can in part be attributed to Justin Trudeau’s reprioritization of gender equality. For the first time ever in the history of the federal government’s results-based management and/or evaluation policies, GBA Plus was articulated as a federal government priority in the Policy on Results adopted in 2016. Related requirements were embedded across the policy cycle in unprecedented manners and numbers. However, federal organizations scrambled to meet all these policy requirements.

This webinar will present results from Dr. Jane Whynot’s doctoral theory-based approach exploring how the federal government evaluation function integrates GBA Plus. This includes findings from a Heads of Evaluation survey that extend across the awareness, reach, capacity changes and benefits associated with this policy. These findings are supported by key informant interviews, and case studies to explain the complex configurations present within the multiple and varied federal organizations as they integrate GBA Plus within their unique contexts. Finally, this webinar also addresses some of the shortcomings of GBA Plus as an approach given world events emphasizing the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion.

The event will be in English.




The Why and the How of Risk Management in the Government of Canada

Thursday, January 27, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

A joint webinar presented by the Centre on Governance and the Performance and Planning Exchange

Risk management is broadly recognized as a core element of effective public administration. Sound risk management equips departments and agencies to respond proactively to change and uncertainty by using risk-based information to support effective decision-making. Additionally, it can lead to improved service delivery, an increase in value for money, and, ultimately, better results for Canadians. To use risk management as an effective component of public service management, government organizations benefit from clear principles, consistent approaches and guidance, and transparent sharing of best practices and lessons learned.

The panelists and the moderator will address the relevance of risk management in government, practical approaches to risk management in federal organizations, and linkages with other areas of management. They will also discuss opportunities to strengthen communities of practice – at various levels – across the Government of Canada.

Andrea Cyr (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Nicole Primeau (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Rodrigo Rosales-List (Indigenous Services Canada)

Dragos Popa (Health Canada and PPX)

Covid-19 Impacts on Government Departments: How Results Based Management is Helping

Paule Labbe, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Engagement, Shared Services Canada

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Anne Routhier, Director General, Strategic Planning and Reporting, Natural Resources Canada
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Art Stewart, (Performance and Planning Exchange Past President and Treasurer)

Results Based Management (RBM) is currently receiving renewed attention within public administrations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. How has/will RBM help public sector organizations navigate the impacts of the pandemic on their operations and service delivery in a highly unpredictable and complex environment? Results Based Management at its best helps to identify, analyze and recommend actions to anticipate and mitigate unexpected events and uncertainty, including through sound oversight, planning, risk management, performance measurement, reporting and other RBM processes.

In this webinar, our guest speakers will discuss the challenges, strategies, and results thus far that their organizations (Shared Services Canada and Natural Resources Canada) have faced and addressed arising from the pandemic. Particular aspects covered will include the roles of strategic planning, risk management, data/metrics, and reporting have been playing to help guide departmental business decisions. Lessons learned going forward will also be discussed.

This webinar will be of interest to a broad audience, including program managers, public administrators, academics, and those involved in any of the RBM functions.

Presentations in English and Q and A in bilingual format.


Understanding the take-up and use of information may be the most important measurement focus for government, not-for-profit and private initiatives in any time. It has even more importance in times of world crisis such as now. Over the last several years a uniquely tailored tool for assessing the uptake + use of information and knowledge across many domains has been developed in Canada. (The latest evidence available suggests that this Canadian developed approach has the potential to be a unique world leader in this kind of assessment.) The Knowledge Uptake and Use Tool (KUUT), originally developed by Dr Kelly Skinner of Waterloo to assess health promotion initiatives and since tried and evolved in a number of Canadian contexts, has shown itself to be an excellent means to gauge the reach and influence of information products, services and events. It tracks important responses based on a research based ‘influence’ pattern, and if used correctly can provide key insights on how context and conditions can affect information and knowledge use.

This one-hour webinar will provide an update on the initiative and will highlight one recent application of the tool which has been adapted for COVID 19 times and online information sessions, ‘fairs’ and conferences.

This session will highlight one of several on-going uses / users. The project is essentially a creative commons effort – so most applications and practices are shareable at this time. The key presenters for this session will be Kelly Skinner and Jasmin Bhawra of Waterloo University followed by Mark Shepherd of the Canadian Wood Council and Wood Works who will share their experiences using a streamlined version of the tool to gauge the influence of information products, solutions fairs, webinar sessions and even networking events. The session will be facilitated by Steve Montague of PPX and CES – and a keen user and secondary developer of versions of the approach. Brief presentations and a ‘show and tell’ component of the actual survey will be followed by a Q &A session. This event should be of keen interest to evaluators, performance measurement specialists, and / or anyone interested in understanding the reach and influence of the information they generate and produce from reports, sessions or conferences. A version of the tool will be used to gauge the value of this session – so registrants will get first-hand knowledge of the approach.

Steve Montague, Moderator
Kelly Skinner, Waterloo University
Jasmin Bhawra, Waterloo University
Mark Shepherd, Canadian Wood Council and Wood Works


Steve Montague, partner of Performance Management Network Inc. is a credentialed evaluator, a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society and has 35 years of experience as a practitioner in performance measurement and program evaluation as a management consultant, an adjunct professor and as an evaluation manager in a major Canadian federal government department. Mr. Montague has managed major and minor projects analyzing a wide variety of programs for Canadian federal, provincial, United States, Scottish and Australian governments, as well as conducting work for the OECD, the World Bank, the European Union and the United Nations. He has published articles on measurement and evaluation in journals in Canada, the US and Europe and facilitated numerous presentations, panels and workshops on evaluation, performance management and information management. Steve is also a founding member and three times president of the Performance and Planning Exchange.

Kelly Skinner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo where she leads the new online Master of Health Evaluation program. Kelly’s research and evaluation interests focus in two areas: (1) the health and well-being of First Nations populations and northern communities including the evaluation of health programs and food systems approaches; and (2) using evaluation theory and conceptual approaches to operationalize and build evaluation systems, with a continued interest in measuring knowledge uptake and utilization. Kelly has experience with stakeholder engagement, working with communities as an evaluation consultant, and currently teaches several courses she developed to online graduate students on evaluation theory, applications, practice, and management.

Jasmin Bhawra is a PhD Candidate and CIHR Health System Impact Fellow in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is a population health researcher and program evaluator whose research interests include chronic disease prevention, health program planning and evaluation. Jasmin has worked with public health units, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies coordinating research and leading health program evaluations.

Mark Shepherd has been working with the Canadian Wood Council for nearly 20 years as an advisor to Wood WORKS!, the association’s industry-and-government funded national market development program. In this role, he has worked with a diverse team of professionals to increase the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family construction projects. He also helped launch a similar program in the U.S. Mark is passionate about the Wood WORKS! program mission to ensure the built environment maximizes the use of wood-based solutions for the domestic wood industry and has developed strategies which leverage advocacy, education, collaboration, and communication. With the team, Mark has developed numerous national and regional strategic and operating plans and progress reports. He helped create and implement the program’s initial logic model, exit survey and methods for demonstrating funder “return on investment”.

Mark has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo (co-op) and M.A. from the University of Vi


Dr. Colin Talbot, Professor of Government at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


Sir Michael Barber


Francis Bilodeau, Assistant Secretary To The Cabinet, Results And Delivery, Privy Council Office
Tolga Yalkin, Acting Executive Director, Program Performance and Evaluation Division, Expenditure Management, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

CRDO Panel: 
Neil Bouwer, Formerly Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy And Results Sector, Natural Resources Canada, now with Treasury Board Secretariat
Cheryl Grant, Director General, Policy Co-ordination And Planning Directorate, Health Canada
Sheryl Groeneweg, Director General, Results Delivery Unit, Innovation, Science, And Economic Development Canada


Peter Weltman, Sr. Director, Costing and Program Analysis, Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO)