Volume 36, 2021 - Spring

Toward an Evidence-Based Approach to Building Evaluation Capacity

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Abstract: Organizations are required to evaluate their programs for both learning and accountability purposes, which has increased the need to build their internal evaluation capacity. A remaining challenge is access to tools that lead to valid evidence supporting internal capacity development. The authors share practical insights from the development and use of the Evaluation Capacity Needs Assessment tool and framework and implications for using its data to make concrete decisions within Canadian contexts. The article refers to validity evidence generated from factor analyses and structural equation modelling and describes how applying the framework can be used to identify individual and organizational evaluation capacity strengths and gaps, concluding with practice considerations and future directions for this work.

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Reflective Practice: Moving Intention into Action

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Reflection is a pillar of professional practice and can enable evaluators to expand their assumptions, change behaviour, and align practice with their values and beliefs. Reflective Practice is the first domain in the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Competencies for Evaluation Practice, highlighting the importance of professional awareness and growth. However, the literature offers few tools to move reflective thought into action. The authors developed a personalized refl ective approach through a mentoring relationship and the innovative use of a smartphone. Meaningful reflective practice can leverage personal experience, practical tools, and regular dialogue with a significant other to expand assumptions and change behaviour.
 
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Review: Darlene F. Russ-Eft and Catherine M. Sleezer. (2020). Case Studies in Needs Assessment.

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This book generously shares practical approaches to needs assessment, providing both novice and seasoned evaluators with a leg-up on their evaluative thinking when determining how to approach their current situation.
 
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