Evaluation competency framework for government

This document is a draft of the Evaluation Competency Framework (ECF) used by the South African Government.

It describes the knowledge, skills and abilities for Programme Managers, M&E Advisors and Evaluators that are involved in the evaluation of government programmes and policies. The Framework suggests domains, describes the elements of that domain, and then suggests the level of competence for the programme manager, M&E advisor, and evaluators. It has been sequenced to enable users to immediately identify areas where they need guidance.


"These South African government evaluation competencies are based on a review of a range of international evaluation competencies, their strengths, weaknesses, and appropriateness for South Africa undertaken by the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) based at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, with support from GIZ.  Inputs were provided by present and past South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) board members. The Framework is now out for public consultation."

Source: Evaluation Competency Framework for Government (2012)


  • Introduction  p.3
  • Overarching Considerations  p.5
  • Contextual knowledge and understanding  p.5
  • Ethical conduct  p.6
  • Interpersonal skills  p.6
  • Evaluation leadership  p.7
  • Evaluation Craft  p.9
  • Evaluative Discipline and Practice  p.9
  • Research Practice  p.10
  • Implementation of Evaluation    p.11
  • Evaluation Planning  p.11
  • Managing Evaluation  p.12
  • Report writing & communication p.13
  • Improvement p.14


Head of Evaluation and Research (2012) Evaluation Competency Framework for Government (Draft)Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, The Presidency Republic of South Africa. 

Via Regional Centers for learning of Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) https://www.theclearinitiative.org/