Jim McDavid


Predicting Credentialed Evaluator Status: Characteristics, Comparisons, and Implications for the CE Program

The CES membership database was analyzed in order to determine the
socio-demographic profi le that best defi nes Credentialed Evaluators (CE). In general,
those currently holding CE status tend to be employed in the private sector, have a PhD-level education, have long-term experience in evaluation, have a major focus
on evaluation within their professional activities, and be located within the Atlantic region, Western Canada, or the National Capital Chapter region. Implications of
these trends for the sustainability of the CE designation program and options for
broadening the scope of uptake within the CES membership are discussed.



Special Issue

Linking Evaluation and Spending Reviews: Challenges and Prospects


The global financial crisis in 2008 was a significant watershed for governments everywhere. Diminished prospects for growth coupled with continuing demands for government interventions and chronic constraints on resources, prompted in part by the widespread adoption of variants of neo-liberalism (constrain resources to limit spending and shrink governments), have created fiscal environments where rationing expenditures among programs and policies is chronic and even acute.


In Search of a Balanced Canadian Federal Evaluation Function: Getting Back to the Future