The Future of AEA’s Evaluator Competencies– What should we do with them?

Session Number: 2816
Track: AEA Sponsored Sessions
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Competencies
Presenter 1: Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas [CEO and CFO - EnCompass LLC]
Session Facilitator: Susan Tucker [Principal - Evaluation and Development Associates LLC]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Anisha Lewis [Executive Director - AEA]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jean A. King [Professor - University of Minnesota]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Susan Tucker [Principal - Evaluation and Development Associates LLC]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (02:15 PM - 03:15 PM)
Room: Hilton Symphony I

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The 2019 conference theme, Paths to the Future of Evaluation: Contribution, Leadership, and Renewal, perfectly positions AEA’s commitment to professionalism.  The AEA Board formed the Evaluator Competencies Task Force (CTF) in 2015 with two charges:  1) develop AEA endorsed competencies and 2) systematically engage AEA membership in discussions about the professionalization of the field of evaluation. These two charges were completed in May 2018 when the Board approved a five-domain set of competencies. The CTF suggested future steps must address broader issues related to professionalization. The Board has tasked AEA’s Executive Director to create a Competency Working Group (CWG) to determine next steps, including processes to use and recognize evaluator competencies,   Today’s listening post marks the beginning of thoughtful dialog about appropriate next steps and broader issues to frame CWG’s work.  Strategies to engage the audience in this dialog will use a World Café protocol by CWG members.