To excel as an evaluator, you need to demonstrate you have the background, knowledge, skills and dispositions you need to achieve the standards that constitute sound evaluations. In other words, you need to have the right competencies.
The Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice provide a set of criteria to clarify what it means to be a competent evaluator. While they were originally developed as part of our Professional Designation Program, they provide a much broader foundation for the evaluation community. They can be used as a foundation for:
Developing training programs and deciding what skills and knowledge to incorporate in a learning event.
Self-assessment by evaluators to decide what professional development they want to pursue.
Designing jobs and writing job descriptions when deciding to employ evaluation expertise.
Developing Requests for Proposals, Statements of Work or Terms of Reference when contracting for evaluation services.
There are 36 competencies in five domains:
You can also refer to the Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice (PDF), which includes competency descriptors.
It is important to remember that competencies are not static. The skills, knowledge and dispositions in any profession or discipline grow and evolve over time, and they are influenced by new research and changing environmental circumstances. That is why we review and renew these definitional components of Canadian evaluation work on a periodic basis.