Self-assessment is an individual reflection on one's skills, knowledge and attitudes related to evaluation competencies.

This can be a useful tool to identify professional development needs and to plan the composition of evaluation teams.

These are often done with reference to a list of competencies. Other times they can be done with reference to a set of skills or a set of questions.


In 1973, Evelyn Brzezinski and Unhai Ahn developed a Self-Assessment of Evaluation Skills Instrument (SAES) for training evaluation personnel in evaluation (Brzezinski and Ahm, 1973).

Advice for using this method

  • Individuals can use existing competency lists or assessment scales to reflect on their own abilities and guide their professional development plans
  • Organisations, evaluation associations and societies may consider developing their own self-assessment tools based around agreed competencies for members and encouraging members to make use of this.

Peersman, G. and Rogers, P. (2017). Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Melbourne: ANZSOG/BetterEvaluation. Retrieved from:

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