At the request of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and as co-chair of the IOCE Professionalization Task Force, I attended a one-day workshop on evaluation professionalization in Rome on May 7, 2018. This was an opportunity to learn about initiatives from UNEG and other stakeholders and to present the international landscape viewed with an IOCE perspective.
Rightfully so, UNEG representatives highlighted the importance of the UNEG Ethical Guidelines, Norms and Standards and Competency Framework. Discussions through the day identified a need to give life to these documents through strategic and tactical use: creating frameworks is not enough to ensure utilization and to lead to the improved quiality and credibility that is sought for evaluation. The other pillars of the UNEG professionalization strategy were also addressed: dissemination of good practices, training, recognition mechanisms, and the importance of an enabling environment.
I presented the point of view of the IOCE on professionalization. The example of the CES Credentialing program was also cited many times and I had opportunity to offer insights based on the CES experience and the evaluation of our program.