Professionalism in Program Evaluators: A Comparison of American and Canadian Evaluators

Authors

  • Sandra Ayoo University of North Carolina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.71300

Keywords:

credentialling, ethics, expertise, innovation and research, professional autonomy, professionalism, Professionalization

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 behaviours 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 evaluation.

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Published

2022-04-19 — Updated on 2022-06-30

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Articles- English