A fellowship is an extended position that provides paid employment and support for people who have completed formal coursework in evaluation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA:
This example is of a well-established fellowship program which is not formally associated with an evaluation association. The program has been running for 6 years. Candidates are expected to have completed a doctorate in evaluation or with significant coursework in evaluation and measurement or a Masters with significant experience in applied evaluation projects. The fellowship provides a stipend and is over two years. Fellows work under the leadership of the CDC Chief Evaluation Officer and are matched with CDC host programs to work on program evaluation activities.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Evaluation Fellowship Program, USA:
This program, which ran from 2008 to 2013, aimed to increase the presence of underrepresented groups in evaluation. Open to people from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, there were two tracks. The Emerging Professionals track was designed for recent graduates of masters or doctoral programs who had limited professional experience and training in evaluation. Fellows were placed in organizations with expertise and capacity in research and evaluation to work with projects underway, receiving a competitive salary and benefits. The program included four training workshops during the year. The Retooling Professionals track offered an opportunity for mid-career, non-profit professionals to obtain evaluation skills and training primarily to increase their organization’s ability to use evidence-based data for culturally responsive programmatic decision-making. Fellows participated in three workshops and received technical assistance as they undertook an internal evaluation program at their organization. Over four years the Evaluation Fellowship Program selected and trained 32 fellows: 16 Emerging Professionals and 16 Retooling Professionals.
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