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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Evaluator Competencies Series: Well-Being of Human and Natural Systems

1.4 Considers the well-being of human and natural systems in evaluation practice. For this competency, I would say I’ve focused much more on the “human” than the “natural”. I see some overlap with the stuff I talked about last week, … Continue reading

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Complexity eStudy Notes – Session #2

My notes from part 2 of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) eStudy course being facilitated by Jonny Morell. one person commented that “measuring collective impact of small effects of multiple programs is almost always shot down by stakeholders in favour of … Continue reading

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Complexity eStudy Notes – Session #1

Given my interest in complexity and evaluation, I decided to take the American Evaluation Association (AEA) eStudy course being facilitated by Jonny Morell. I’ve seen Jonny speak at conferences before and have learned some useful things, so figured I could … Continue reading

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