A Made-in-Canada Credential: Developing an Evaluation Professional Designation

Following extensive research and consultations, the governing body of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) announced in October 2007 "that there is member support to pursue a system of professional designations for evaluators in Canada." Some 19 months later it introduced a new voluntary service for its members, a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation. From an acknowledged bias of one of the CE architects, this article refl ects on its development, what it is, and how context and process importantly shaped this unique evaluation professional designation.

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Evaluator Competencies: The Canadian Experience

This article examines the development and adoption of competencies1 in Canada, created as a key foundation of the Credentialed Evaluator designation under the auspices of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES). Following a brief description of the Canadian evaluation context and issues that led to the competencies' development, this article reviews the development process. The approved Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice are presented with concluding comments on the future of competencies in Canada.

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