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CES-NS Journal Club (May 25) – Professionalism in Program Evaluators: A Comparison of American and Canadian Evaluators

***This Journal Club has been postponed until June 23, 2022. Sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused!***

CES Nova Scotia Monthly Online Journal Club
May 25, 2022, 12:05 – 12:55 p.m Atlantic Time


CES-Nova Scotia is pleased to collaborate with other Atlantic CES Chapters to host an online Journal Club for CES members and guests, on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

This month’s article is from the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, entitled: Professionalism in Program Evaluators: A Comparison of American and Canadian Evaluators

Article abstract: The professionalization of evaluation means different things to different people, and as a result, the field lacks a clear understanding of how to empirically assess evaluator professionalism. This exploratory study used a sociological model to study the behaviors of practicing evaluators in Canada and the United States using five concepts: expertise, ethical disposition, professional autonomy, innovation and research, and credentialing. Results from 27 in-depth interviews and a survey of 456 respondents demonstrated that, depending on their demographic characteristics, perceptions of professionalism differed between evaluators in the two countries. The study determined that theory-based sociological models can provide insights into the professionalization of program.

Author: Sandra Ayoo, University of North Carolina

We welcome you to read the article in advance and reflect on professionalization of evaluation in Canada and the USA, and reflect the risks and benefits of professionalization to the CES commitments to equity, diversity, inclusion, environmental sustainability and Truth and Reconciliation.

Consult this bonus article on Credentialed Evaluator demographics, regarding implications for the CES professional designation program: Predicting Credentialed Evaluator Status: Characteristics, Comparisons, and Implications for the CE Program.

Registration: Free for CES Members and Guests
Atlantic Chapter members, please host future Journal Club sessions here
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For more information, please contact Acting PD Chair: [email protected]

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