Friday, May 14, 2010

Competencies Needed by Evaluators

In 2001, the American Journal of Evaluation published an article by Jean A. King, Laurie Stevahn, Gail Ghere and Jane Minnema titled, "Toward a Taxonomy of Essential Evaluator Competencies," (22; 229). These authors conducted an exploratory study to determine the extent to which 31 evaluation professionals from diverse backgrounds and approaches could reach agreement on a proposed taxonomy of essential evaluator competencies.

Using the weighted scores, I entered the competencies into Wordle to get a graphic representation of these competencies. Those competencies in large font size were weighted as more important than those in small font, though all were considered important.

The most important competencies were Framing a Research Question, Research Methods and Research Design. Of comparatively less important were competencies of Training Others, Supervising, and Responding to RFPs (Request for Proposals).


  1. I'm trying to developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for assessing an M&E manager for a development project using a market based approach. I would very much appreciate any suggestions or guidance for developing relevant KPIs.

  2. Hi, I'm reading for my PhD on M&E competencies for the public sector (specific emphasis on South Africa). Do you have any suggestions on reading material, in addition to the AEA article mentioned above? Many thanks.