Manage an evaluation (or a series of evaluations), including deciding who will conduct the evaluation and who will make decisions about it.
Peer assessment can provide additional benefits beyond self-assessment – in particular, the opportunity for peer learning through the review process.
Associations from different but related sectors and fields can be useful places to find useful events and training, network connections, and ideas.
Evaluation journals play an important role in documenting, developing, and sharing theory and practice.
For evaluation to be truly useful it needs to be engage in public discussions about relevant issues, especially those involving strategic changes to the way government and non-government organisations plan, manage and implement or how data are gathered, reported and used.
For evaluation to be truly useful it needs to be embedded in organisational processes, especially those involving strategic changes to the way government and non-government organisations plan, manage and implement.
As part of its public advocacy role, a professional association can provide information to potential clients about how to engage with evaluators effectively. We have not yet found examples of an evaluation association or society doing this and have shared the following examples from the International Association for Public Participation and from Arts Queensland, in the Queensland State Government, as models of how an association might provide this information, and what information might be provided about engaging an evaluator.
Providing a clear definition or explanation of evaluation in online and printed materials.
An important part of evaluation capacity strengthening at the level of an organisation or a system is to have clear and constructive information widely available about what evaluation is and what evaluators do. This can support individual and communities to engage in evaluation processes and to use evaluation findings. This is particularly important for evaluation, where there is often a lack of understanding of what it involves, or a misunderstanding that it always involves a review by a content expert or is focused only on compliance with processes.
A category of membership of an association or society, often awarded to an individual based on their contributions to evaluation, such as evaluation teaching, research and practice, and on the individual’s contributions to the society, primarily in relation to its aims and operations.
A formal recognition by peers of outstanding individuals or practice. Some awards are made for cumulative good practice, and others are for exemplars of good practice, such as awards for the best evaluation.