The standards are grouped into five specific categories:
- "Utility Standards: The utility standards are intended to increase the extent to which program stakeholders find evaluation processes and products valuable in meeting their needs.
- Feasibility Standards: The feasibility standards are intended to increase evaluation effectiveness and efficiency.
- Propriety Standards: The propriety standards support what is proper, fair, legal, right and just in evaluations.
- Accuracy Standards: The accuracy standards are intended to increase the dependability and truthfulness of evaluation representations, propositions, and findings, especially those that support interpretations and judgments about quality.
- Evaluation Accountability Standards: The evaluation accountability standards encourage adequate documentation of evaluations and a metaevaluative perspective focused on improvement and accountability for evaluation processes and products." (JCSEE 2014)