Dr. A. Sidiq Ali, CE – Managing Director

Biographical Sketch

RaECon‘s Managing Director, A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali is an expert in program evaluation, and performance assessment system development, management and evaluation, in the education, training and development space. This area includes high-stakes professional credentialing. He earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) and a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UofT). His unique skill set as a program evaluator with psychometric training is the driving force behind Research & Evaluation Consulting’s niche in the marketplace. Sid continues to play key roles in developing and evaluating high-stakes professional credentialing programs in North America.

Dr. Ali also has an extensive background in educational program/process evaluation. Sid has been project manager and/or lead analyst on many large-scale program evaluations from the province-wide Manitoba School Improvement Program (MSIP) to the Ministry of Education’s (Ontario) Collaborative Inquiry for Learning – Mathematics to school district-scale projects in one of Canada’s largest school boards. At the school-board level, he developed, implemented and managed an accountability framework, including performance measurement and evaluation for special programs with combined operating budgets exceeding $100 million.

Today, Sid as RaECon’s Managing Director, works with professionals, such as accountants, lawyers, bankers,  trustees in insolvency and bankruptcy, as well as information technology specialists on multi-million dollar credentialing programs involving tens of thousands of professional candidates, employees and customers. His work is foundational on a strategic level for professional education and training programs, and provides clientèle with key business intelligence. Sid, a renowned educational measurement and evaluation expert, has earned the Canadian Evaluation Society’s (CES) designation as a Credentialed Evaluator and is a Director on both CES-Ontario and National Boards.

As a project manager and lead consultant, Sid has successfully completed large, complex, multi-site projects, involving many diverse stakeholders by using collaborative approaches. Sid’s experience in education and credentialing-related program development and evaluation is wide-ranging, from: (a) the K to 12 education setting through his work with the MSIP, Peel District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and Learning Environment Branch; to (b) the post-secondary education level through work with York University’s School of Nursing and the Ontario Colleges Network (CONNECT); to (c) professional education with two of Canada’s legacy accounting bodies and the new, unified Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada as well as the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals; to (d) business and industry through work with the learning and development units at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Royal Bank of Canada and Zebra Technologies Corporation; to (e) the education not-for-profit sector with Junior Achievement and People for Education; and to (f) community and social programming with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Associated Youth Services of Peel (AYSP), and Safe City Mississauga.

Dr. Ali’s experience and expertise is grounded in his education background. After completing a B.A. (Honours) at McMaster University, he earned a B.Ed. from York University. He spent a decade in classrooms, teaching a number of subjects in both mainstream and special education programs, holding an Ontario Ministry of Education Specialists’ designation in Special Education. Dr. Ali has also taught graduate courses in research methods, statistics, and assessment and evaluation at the Humber College School of Business, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and the Faculty of Education at Brock University.

Sid has presented at local, provincial, national and international conferences and symposia on the topics of program evaluation and educational measurement, and has published articles in academic journals, and professional magazines. He has been invited to speak about credentialing program development and evaluation at numerous strategic and tactical planning meetings for various financial professional organizations. Along with these strengths in oral and written communications, Sid has expert analytical skills with both quantitative and qualitative data, and high-level proficiency in the broad areas of research design and credentialing program development. Involved in research and evaluation for almost twenty years, he has demonstrated relevant skills in a number of program development, evaluation and applied education research projects, including:

  • designing, developing, delivering and managing evaluation frameworks;
  • developing, monitoring and evaluating high-stakes professional credentialing programs;
  • developing and validating data collection tools and training/testing materials;
  • conducting multi-site evaluations, case studies, needs assessments, interviews, literature reviews, document reviews and content analyses;
  • designing and utilizing web-based evaluation tools;
  • writing terms of references, technical reports, executive summaries, research bulletins, professional magazine and academic journal articles;
  • designing and conducting training, presentations, and workshops;
  • facilitating group discussions and focus groups; and
  • collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data.

 

Dr. Ali is a life-long learner, and enjoys travel, photography and sports. He sponsors minor hockey and soccer teams in the community.