The Priority Teams developed an Action Plan, and based on the PDP evaluation’s main recommendations (in italics below), three themes were identified.
Improve the transparency and accountability of the current CE process: Communications can be improved quickly & collaboratively for applicants, CEs, employers & commissioners of evaluation, and the general public.
- The CB Communications Working Group was established in June with a six-month mandate. It has been busy all summer improving the transparency and accountability of the current CE process. Improvements should start to be evident on the CE website shortly. Considerations regarding CE profile enhancement have been folded into the work of this committee.
Consider tailoring the CE offering to increase value for consumers of evaluation services: Ad hoc working groups can review current processes:
- CE Quality Assessment Review—a short-term review by Credentialing Board members who will look at ways to improve the quality of the assessment process by reviewing internal processes. Conclusions and recommendations should be ready for discussion by December 2016.
- The CE Competency Update Working Group is currently being established and will revisit the CES Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice to ensure that they stay current, avoid duplication, and address any gaps or new developments in evaluation thought. Recommendations should be ready for consideration at our annual meeting by late April 2017.
Create a clear value proposition for consumers & evaluators: Once the above changes have been implemented, longer-term improvements need to be considered by the following working groups:
- The CE Maintenance Working Group will be established this fall to review and advance the maintenance component of the CE designation, including regular communication to CEs of their status and messaging on the centrality of the maintenance requirement to professional learning. This 10-month activity will have recommendations ready for consideration by late April 2017.
- CE Value for Money Working Group—targeted for Years Two and Three, this group may be initiated earlier based on resources. It will focus on CE utility, specific communications strategies for employers and commissioners of evaluation, and will consider the possibility of additional credentials.
In the longer term, other working groups may be established in this ongoing renewal and development process. Now that we have the benchmark that the PDP evaluation provides, our way forward is clear! I look forward to your comments and questions.
Gail Vallance Barrington, PhD, FCMC, CE
CES Vice President