Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice

This document outlines a set of competencies that evaluators should possess before conducting evaluations. Created by the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) after research, member feedback and expert validation the competencies have been designed to be used for: developing evaluator training programs, evaluator self assessment, designing jobs for evaluators and planning for evaluations. 

The competencies are organised into the following five domains:

  1. Reflective Practice competencies focus on the fundamental norms and values underlying evaluation practice and awareness of one’s evaluation expertise and needs for growth.
  2. Technical Practice competencies focus on the specialized aspects of evaluation, such as design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
  3. Situational Practice competencies focus on the application of evaluative thinking in analyzing and attending to the unique interests, issues, and contextual circumstances in which evaluation skills are being applied.
  4. Management Practice competencies focus on the process of managing a project/evaluation, such as budgeting, coordinating resources and supervising.
  5. Interpersonal Practice competencies focus on people skills, such as communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, collaboration, and diversity.


The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), (2010), Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice, Retrieved from:

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