Editor’s Remarks

  • Robert Schwartz


Evaluator competence is, without doubt, a hot button issue in many jurisdictions. This timely special issue provides the first comparative analysis of international advancements in developing evaluator competences. Rich descriptions of context-specific reasons for developing competences and development processes are illuminating in and of themselves. They allow for understanding of the quite different emerging approaches and products. Superb analytical articles sandwich the more descriptive case studies. These provide both historical and theoretical frameworks for making sense of what has and has not happened in the world of evaluation competency, credentialing, and certification. Notably, the issue includes critical perspectives suggesting that efforts to date are not adequately grounded in theories of change and do not sufficiently address less measurable competencies such as evaluator attitudes and dispositions.

Author Biography

Robert Schwartz

Executive Director, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health