Christine Frank

Special Issue

The Development and Initial Validation of Competencies and Descriptors for Canadian Evaluation Practice

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54-69

This article presents the Canadian experience of establishing competencies as part of a professional designation project. First we discuss the foundations of the competencies, including the preliminary work of compiling a cross-walk of evaluator competencies, a document that then served as the basis for consultations across Canada. The next steps were to extract five broad themes or competency domains, each containing specific competencies, and to develop descriptors for each competency. A group of Canadian evaluation experts was then asked to rate the competencies and their descriptors. The results of this preliminary validation exercise are highlighted. To conclude, we note how the competencies and their descriptors are currently being used and look ahead to next steps.

View from the Credentialing Board: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

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86-97

The Credentialing Board is a group of senior evaluators whose role is to consider the merits of each application for the Credentialed Evaluator designation and to provide input regarding the ongoing development of the program. This article recounts the four-year history of the Board, describes its processes, and analyzes its challenges. On the basis of a file review, a survey of Board members, in-depth interviews, and the authors' own experiences, it is concluded that the Board has successfully tackled its responsibility but that there is still room for improvement.