Toward a taxonomy of essential evaluator competencies

Jean A King, Laurie Stevahn, Gail Ghere, Jane Minnema

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This article discusses an exploratory study designed to determine the extent to which evaluation professionals, representing diverse backgrounds and approaches, could reach agreement on a proposed taxonomy of essential evaluator competencies. Participants were 31 diverse individuals in the field of program evaluation in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area who systematically engaged in a Multi-Attribute Consensus Reaching process. Both quantitative and qualitative results predominantly indicated consensus on more than three-fourths of the proposed competencies. Areas of disagreement reflected the role- and context-specific nature of evaluation practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-247
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


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