Peer assessment can provide additional benefits beyond self-assessment – in particular, the opportunity for peer learning through the review process.
UKES in collaboration with EES is conducting a pilot of voluntary evaluator peer review (VEPR) (UKES 2014). The approach does not seek to judge a candidates' evaluation capabilities or competence, but rather their willingness to submit to a professional review structured around a capabilities framework.”
Applicants are those with:
Evidence of minimum two years equivalent work in evaluation and/or evaluation related activities
Significant involvement (based on role e.g. purchaser, provider or manager) in a diverse portfolio of evaluation projects
Evidence of relevant academic qualifications and previous professional development initiatives
The following process is used:
- The applicant nominates two preferred peer reviewers from the VEPR reviewer 'pool'
- The applicant submits a completed application nominating (1) 2-3 areas of evaluation practice on which they wish to focus and (2) two recent projects on which to focus the review (note: this may require commissioners' and/or colleagues' permission)
- A standardised review process will be based on a set of questions that require the applicant to address selected capabilities in the society's capability framework, based on their current and recent practice, within a review meeting of approximately two hours (ideally face-to-face)
- Applicant and reviewers consult to compile a list of agreed questions for the applicant to address
- Applicant submits short written answers to each question of the two reviewers
- The review takes place either face-to-face or via Skype or teleconference
- Where satisfactory, reviewed applicants' names listed on an online VEPR Index (see below) on the society's website, as evidence of a 'satisfactory' review
- Listing on the VEPR Index lapses automatically after three years unless renewed via a further VEPR.
Advice for using this method
- Guidelines on how to give and receive feedback during peer review should be discussed or formalised before beginning a review process. This can include a set of agreed questions for the review, or identification of competencies to be addressed.
- Organisations, evaluation associations and societies may consider creating a peer-review assessment tool and supporting members to take this up on a voluntary basis.
Peersman, G. and Rogers, P. (2017). Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Melbourne: ANZSOG/BetterEvaluation. Retrieved from: https://www.betterevaluation.org/en/resources/pathways-advance-professio...
UKES (2014). Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review. An introduction to the proposed UKES Pilot. https://www.europeanevaluation.org/Voluntary%20Evaluator%20Peer%20Review.
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