Author Archives: Beth

Evaluator Competencies Series: Taking a Short Break!

It’s that busy time in the semester when the marking for the courses that I’m teaching is piling up and I am also working furiously on a couple of online courses (in addition to my day job). So I’ve decided … Continue reading

Posted in evaluator competencies, me | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Evaluator Competencies Series: Program Theory

2.3 Clarifies the program theory. I really like helping programs figure out what their theory of change is. Early in my career as an evaluator, I was surprised how often I would work with a program that had no idea … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, evaluator competencies | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Evaluator Competencies Series: Program Evaluability

2.2 Assesses program evaluability. I can’t remember exactly when or where this was, but at some point during my career as an evaluator, I saw the phrase “Evaluability Assessment” and thought “what’s that?” I know I wasn’t a brand new … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, evaluator competencies, reflection | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Evaluator Competencies Series: Clarifying Purpose and Scope

The next domain of competence is technical practice. 2. Technical Practice competencies focus on the strategic, methodological, and interpretive decisions required to conduct an evaluation. And the first competency in this domain is: 2.1 Clarifies the purpose and scope of the … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, evaluator competencies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Happy 5th Workiversary To Me!

There have been a few times in my life when I decided to do something and then, as the thing approached I thought “What have I done? This is too big and too scary and too hard and I’m totally … Continue reading

Posted in me | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Evaluator Competencies Series: Contributing to the Evaluation Profession

And the final reflective practice competency is: 1.8 Engages in professional networks and activities and contributes to the evaluation profession and its community of practice. There are several ways that I engage in this competency: involvement with the Canadian Evaluation … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, evaluator competencies | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Evaluator Competencies Series: Self-Awareness and Reflective Thinking

I didn’t write a blog posting in my series last Sunday – the weekend was busy and time got away from me! But it’s now this Sunday night and I’ve got cup of tea and I’m ready to reflect on … Continue reading

Posted in evaluator competencies, reflection | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Evaluator Competencies Series: Transparency

1.6 Is committed to transparency in all aspects of the evaluation. transparent adjectivetrans·​par·​ent  a: free from pretense or deceit : FRANK b: easily detected or seen through : OBVIOUS c: readily understood d: characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices Merriam-Webster Dictionary To reflect … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, evaluator competencies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Complexity eStudy Notes – Session #3

My notes from the third and final part of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) eStudy course being facilitated by Jonny Morell. Jonny answered my question from last week:what is the difference between conceptual use and metaphorical use there are fuzzy boundaries … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, notes, webinar notes | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Evaluator Competencies Series: Independent & Balanced Perspective

1.5 Provides an independent and balanced perspective in all aspects of the evaluation. This is one competency that I have done a fair bit of thinking about. I believe that ito be a good evaluator, you need to bring a … Continue reading

Posted in evaluation, evaluator competencies, reflection | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments