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Ghislain Arbour

The University of Melbourne
Senior Lecturer
Melbourne, AU
Doctor Ghislain Arbour is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne where he coordinates the Master of Evaluation.
*Research and consultancy*
A primary research interest of Dr Arbour is the clarification of necessary concepts in the analysis and judgement of the performance of programs (evaluation reasoning and clear terminology). Dr Arbour and his collaborators in Canada are currently working on a terminological dictionary in Evaluation, which combines the methodology of terminology with Evaluation theory.This expertise is effective in clarifying objectives in evaluation projects and in the development of meaningful logic models.
Dr Arbour’s research program also examines the role of institutional factors in explaining the production of evaluation (evaluation institutions). This part of the research program supports a more comprehensive capacity building in organisations, with a special focus on developing evaluation frameworks and policies.
Dr Arbour is also attending the types of knowledge at play in evaluation, cornering the critical domains of contributions of the evaluation discipline and identifying areas where evaluation practice benefits from the support of other disciplines (evaluation and forms of knowledge). This translates into a better selection of sources in documenting needs assessments, program theories or in choosing appropriate evaluation approaches and designs.
*Teaching and training*
Dr Arbour has a successful teaching and professional training record of developping and delivering highly appreciated courses, workshops, presentations and guest lectures. He leads the fully online Master of Evaluation and the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation as course coordinator. Dr Arbour also supervises graduate research students (Masters and PhD) in Evaluation.
Dr Arbour’s teaching philosophy is driven by a central concern around clarity and critical thinking. Overall, he seeks to provide the analytical tools required to critically and validly examine social interventions, be it in the context of the practice of program evaluation, the administration of public services, or, more largely, for the sake of an alert and critical citizenry.