Establishing and Developing Professional Evaluator Dispositions

  • Randall S. Davies


A basic principle associated with competent evaluation practice asserts that evaluators should possess the education, abilities, skills, and experience needed to undertake the tasks proposed in an evaluation. For those training evaluators this also means teaching professional dispositions, because an individual’s dispositions (i.e., beliefs and values) influence how they will act as professionals. In order for evaluation educators to teach evaluator competencies, we must understand the underlying dispositions associated with each competency. We must also identify which dispositions are essential for professional practice. This paper discusses the issue of dispositions and the challenges of helping evaluators develop positive professional dispositions.

Special Issue - Teaching Evaluation