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John Mayne


Dr. Mayne is currently an independent advisor and consultant on public sector performance. Over the last 10 years he has focused largely on international development evaluation and results based management work. He has been working with a number of government, NGOs and international organizations. He received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Northwestern University in 1973, and until 2004 was with the Canadian federal government.

In 1988, Dr. Mayne became Director, Evaluation Policy in the Office of the Comptroller General. In 1992, Dr. Mayne was appointed Manager in the Treasury Board Secretariat of the government-wide Service Standards Initiative. In 1995, he joined the Office of the Auditor General where he was a Principal responsible for the audit areas of accountability, governance, alternative service delivery, and performance measurement and reporting. There he was audited governance arrangements in a variety of settings (including at UNESCO), developed methodologies for providing audit assurance on performance reports, examined quality practices in Supreme Audit Institutions and assessed managing for results practices in light of organizational learning.

Dr. Mayne was instrumental in the development of the federal government’s approach to evaluating the performance of programs. He was involved with the development of government-wide accountability and reporting regimes, and effective approaches to managing for results and performance measurement. Dr. Mayne has authored numerous articles and reports and edited five books in the areas of program evaluation, public administration and performance monitoring. In 1989 and in 1995, he was awarded the Canadian Evaluation Society Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. In 2006, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society (FCES). In 2010, he became an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, Canada.

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climate change