Heads of evaluation designated under subsection 4.3.12 of the policy are responsible for the following: [...] ensuring that departmental evaluators have opportunities to develop their competencies and to earn evaluation-related designations or certifications from recognized professional associations and certifying bodies.
This statement is encouraging for our Professional Designations Programs and for the Credentialed Evaluator designation in particular. Shelley Borys, Director General, Evaluation and Chief Audit Executive, in the Office of Audit and Evaluation at the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada is also a Credentialing Board member. As she explained, because the policy explicitly mentions evaluation-related designations or certifications from recognized professional associations such as CES, it now provides the authority for heads of evaluation to reimburse their evaluators for any fees associated with obtaining (and maintaining) the designation. A similar authority has been available to support internal auditors for a number of years.
Having this policy in place means that departments now have the policy support to pay these costs for their evaluators. As front runners, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada programs have been covering the costs associated with the CE for all internal evaluators since last year in an arrangement that provides blanket coverage for all interested evaluators.
At a recent Heads of Evaluation meeting hosted by the Treasury Board Secretariat, Benoît Gauthier presented information regarding the CE and Shelley Borys described the process she employed to secure the PHAC President's approval for this approach. To date, ten federal departments have requested her business case materials and Heritage Canada has already stepped up to the plate to cover these costs. As Shelley commented, “I do think things are looking up. Way up!”
Gail Vallance Barrington, PhD, FCMC, CE
CES Vice President