What do professional associations and regulators of accountants, bankers, lawyers, nurses, optometrists, sanctions specialists and insolvency trustees; institutes of higher learning; provincial government ministries; and education-driven not-for-profits all have in common?

They all trust Research & Evaluation Consulting in Delivering the Analytic Edge®

Experts in program development and evaluation in the education/training and credentialing domain, Research & Evaluation Consulting (RAECON) has worked on high-stakes, international, national and provincial professional licensure/certification/quality assurance programs for accountants, business valuators, engineers, insolvency trustees, lawyers, nurses, optometrists, realtors and sanctions specialists, as well as enterprise scale credentialing and assessment programs for two of Canada’s big five banks, professional education programs in the financial services sector, professional training programs for universities and colleges, and applied education research and evaluation projects for government ministries, school boards and community/education-based not-for-profit organizations since 2008.

Led by Dr. A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, a nationally recognized Credentialed Evaluator with psychometric training, and staffed by expert associates, RAECON is uniquely qualified to help organizations develop and evaluate their education/training and credentialing programs.

Professional Networks

Sid is an active member in each of the following professional associations:

Canadian Evaluation Society, Director – Ontario Chapter (2012-2018), National Board (2015-2018)
American Evaluation Association
American Educational Research Association
National Council for Measurement in Education (U.S.)
Ontario College of Teachers (1993-2019)


Though publishing is not a driving force behind Sid’s work, and details of many of his engagements remain confidential, he has published the following research articles:

Ali, A.S. (2016). Putting PIUs First: A Private Sector Perspective. Canadian Government Executive, 22, 26-27.

Ali, A.S. & Favaro, P. (2007). Developing a special education accountability framework using program evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 22(2), 93-125.

Ali, A.S. (2006). A special education program evaluation for accountability purposes: An in-depth case study. Alberta Journal of Educational Research 52(2), 195-197.

Earl, L.M., Ali, A.S., & Lee, L.E. (2005). Evaluating school improvement in Canada: A case example. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 20(3), 151-174.

Ali, A.S. (2001). Issues involved in the evaluation of gifted programs.Gifted Education International, 16(1), 79-91.

Zorzi, R., Favaro, P., Ali, A.S., & Gray, E. (2001, October). Stress in the workplace for newly appointed vice-principals. Ontario Principals’ Council Register,3, 36-38.

Awards and Distinctions

Sid has been the recipient of:

The Learning Consortium Scholarship by OISE/UofT
Doctoral Studies Completion Grant by OISE/UofT
The Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Departmental (OISE/UofT) Scholarship
The Department of Theory and Policy Studies (OISE/UofT) International Conference Award
The National Science Foundation (United States) Evaluators’ Institute Scholarship

Sid served on the Executive Committee for the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO) from 2006 to 2008.

Sid is a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and has reviewed conference proposals for the American Evaluation Society.

Selected Evaluation/Technical Reports

The following reports are distributed by the sponsoring agencies/clientèle.

Ali, A.S. (2020). Renaissance Readership Study. Toronto, ON: RTOERO

Ali, A.S. (2019). Validation Study: Certified Sanctions Specialists Exam. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists.

Ali, A.S. & Backlund, C. (2018). Pathways to the Profession: Year 4 Evaluation Summary Report. Toronto, ON: Law Society of Ontario.

Ali, A.S. (2017). Summary of the Articling Experience Survey Results. Toronto, ON: Law Society of Upper Canada.

Ali, A.S. (2015). Evaluation of the Pathways to the Profession Pilot Project – Interim ReportToronto, ON: Law Society of Upper Canada.

Ali, A.S. (2015). Personal Credit Mastery Program: Assessment HandbookToronto, ON: The Royal Bank of Canada.

Ali, A.S. (2014). CPA Canada Core Exam Analyses. Toronto, ON: Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Ali, A.S. (2014). Evaluability Assessment of the Crossroads Program Mississauga, ON: Safe City Mississauga.

Ali, A.S. (2013). Report to the Assessment Development Working Group. Toronto, ON: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ali, A.S. (2012). Summary Analyses for the Strategic Leadership Program Assessments (2007-2011). Mississauga, ON: The Society of Certified Management Accountants of Canada.

Ali, A.S., & Ram, A. (2011). ICHR Project Implementation Evaluation – Final Report. Toronto, ON: CONNECT Strategic Alliances.

Ali, A.S., & Ram, A. (2010). ICHR Project Implementation Evaluation – Literature Review. Toronto, ON: CONNECT Strategic Alliances.

Ali, A.S., & Singh, M. (2010). Evaluation of the CMA Canada Credentialing Program: (Final Examination) Review. Mississauga, ON: The Society of Certified Management Accountants of Canada.

Ali, A.S., & Singh, M. (2009). Evaluation of the CMA Canada Credentialing Program: Entrance Examination Review. Mississauga, ON: The Society of Certified Management Accountants of Canada.

Ali, A.S. (2009). Final Data Summary for the ‘Challenges’ Program Evaluation. Ottawa, ON: Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Ali, A.S. (2009). 2010 Corporate Mandatory Training and Testing Mastery Test Development. Toronto, ON: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Gray, E., Ali, A.S., & Favaro, P. (2009). Evaluation of Programs for Gifted Students: Final Report. Mississauga, ON: Peel District School Board.

Ali, A.S., & Backlund, C. (2009). Program Review Final Report. Toronto, ON: Junior Achievement of Central Ontario.

Ali, A.S., & Emenogu, B.C. (2008). Schools Attuned® Implementation Pilot Study Final Report. Mississauga, ON: The Peel District School Board.

Ali, A.S. (2006). Communication Program Evaluation Final Report. Mississauga, ON: The Peel District School Board.

Ali, A.S.& Backlund, C. (2004). The Schools Attuned®- Based ISRC Referral Form Pilot Study Final Report. Mississauga, ON: The Peel District School Board.

Earl, L., Torrance, N., Sutherland, S., Fullan, M., & Ali, A.S. (2003). MSIP Final Evaluation Report . Toronto: The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.