Rochelle Zorzi

Special Issue

Defining the Benefits, Outputs, and Knowledge Elements of Program Evaluation

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143-150

The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) has undertaken a project to explore the benefits that can be attributed to program evaluation, the outputs necessary to achieve those benefits, and the knowledge and skills needed to produce the outputs. Benefits, outputs, and knowledge elements were articulated and confirmed through a number of consultations with CES members and the international evaluation community. The consultation process was also successful in encouraging dialogue about the nature of evaluation and in raising considerations about the definition and promotion of program evaluation. The findings of the project can be used by the CES, and indeed by other evaluation organizations, to support their advocacy and professional development initiatives, and by individual evaluators to guide their own professional development and evaluation practice.

Fall

Evaluator competencies and performance development

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73-99

Supporting professional development in evaluators can be challenging because evaluators come from varied backgrounds and conduct many different types of evaluations. Evaluation competencies are a means of determining the developmental needs of individual evaluators, and can be used as the foundation for a comprehensive performance development system within organizations that do evaluations. This article defines professional development in the context of strategic human resource development and outlines the elements of a human resource development system, showing how evaluation competencies can be used as a basis for the system. The article gives an example of the system's application, provides samples of tools that can be used for self-reflection and assessment, and outlines the benefits of a human resource development system.