CES members were surveyed in April 2014 regarding professionalization issues and the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) program (a component of the CES Professional Designations Program). Analysis reported here is based on 654 completed questionnaires. Results suggest that members' attitudes and perceptions about the program are generally positive. Credentialed Evaluators appear to attribute improvements in their practice to the credential, and the sense of belonging to a profession is increasing. Factors other than the credentialing program may have influenced the variables of interest.
Studies of Canadian evaluators have consistently shown them to be dissatisfied with opportunities for advanced training, suggesting a need to diversify the forms of professional development available to seasoned evaluators. This article reports on a trial implementation of an alternative learning model: learning circles for advanced professional development in evaluation. This model is grounded in approaches drawn from self-directed learning, self-improvement movements, adult and popular education, quality improvement, and professional journal clubs.
This article reports on the results of a national survey that describes the professional and practice profiles of program evaluators in Canada, their views of their working conditions, and their sense of belonging to the field of evaluation. The data were collected between May and July 2005 via a Web survey, and 1,005 respondents filled out questionnaires. Among them, 647 indicated that they were internal or external evaluation producers, the others being evaluation users, students, or researchers. The results raise several issues.
Le développement des capacités pour les évaluateurs de programmes: apporter une solution au mauvais problème?
Although the three articles in this segment propose well-founded systems for capacity development, they are fairly silent on the fundamental issue of how the development of the competencies of individual evaluators will improve the positioning of evaluation in public management and expand evaluation's contribution to societal change.
La prévention du SIDA chez les jeunes non intégrés au réseau scolaire : évaluation du projet tete à queue
This paper presents both the procedure and the results of an evaluation of Tête à Queue, a condom promotion magazine for youth outside the school system. Three studies were conducted: a survey among practitioners, an experimental study to test the effects of the magazine on youths' attitudes and intentions regarding condom use, and a critical analysis of the controversy that surrounded the diffusion of the magazine.