Evaluator competencies 2011

This paper from the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) outlines the purpose, use and principles behind the evaluator competencies developed to ensure cultural values are placed at the forefront of evaluation practice.


"The competencies have emerged from work undertaken by anzea from 2009 to 2011. A working group has reviewed the literature, local and international to date evaluator competency literature précis brought together a caucus of evaluators from a range of sectors and roles, and held regional consultations with its membership and the international evaluation community during 2010. The development of evaluator competencies is part of anzea’s strategy to promote and facilitate the development of quality evaluation practice in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ), underpinned by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi." (ANZEA 2011)


  • Background  4
  • Challenge  5
  • Consultation  5
  • Rationale: Why are we developing evaluator competencies?  6
  • Purpose: What we hope they will achieve  6
  • Use  6
  • For everybody  6
  • You are NOT expected to have all the competencies  7
  • Suggestions for where to start  7
  • Principles: What guided anzea  7
  • Treaty of Waitangi  8
  • Values as an integral part of evaluation  9
  • Cultural values and competency  9
  • The competency domains  11
  • Introduction  12
  • Domain one: Contextual analysis and engagement  12
  • Domain two: Systematic evaluative inquiry  13
  • Domain three: Evaluation project management and professional evaluation practice  14
  • Domain four: Reflective practice and professional development  14


Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA). (2011). Evaluator competencies. Retrieved from: https://anzea.org.nz/assets/Key-ANZEA-Files/110801_anzea_evaluator_competencies_final.pdf

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