The state of preparing evaluators

John M. Lavelle, Stewart I. Donaldson

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This chapter begins with an analysis of the prior status of the preparation of evaluators and what is going on currently in that regard. The varied, noticeably diverse, and growing options for individuals to enter the field are explained with some recent studies highlighted. The discussion goes beyond traditional university-based programs to include those delivered by evaluation associations, distance education, and other mechanisms. One of the conclusions is a recommendation to more fully delve into what is now taking place and to dig more deeply into how evaluators enter the profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalNew Directions for Evaluation
Issue number145
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

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