Benoît Gauthier, Past-president of the Canadian Evaluation Society, recently published a paper in Evaluative Voices (Issue 2, 2016) entitled Evaluation in Canada in 2025: what could be, what should be, and what to do now. The paper responds to the question posed by Australasian Evaluation Society: Where is evaluation likely to be in 2025?
In his response, the author analyses evaluation trends at five levels: the individual evaluator, evaluation practice, evaluation users, evaluation associations (using the Canadian Evaluation Society as an example), and the international context. For each level, the state of evaluations affairs in 2004 and 2015 is presented and based on the trends over this time, a (somewhat “scary”) prediction of the potential state of evaluation in 2025 is offered. The author contrasts his prediction of evaluation in 2025 with his ideal wish for evaluation in the next decade as well as potential strategies and choices to be made to achieve this vision.