My name is John LaVelle, I am an advanced graduate student at Claremont Graduate University. When I worked as the Jobs Coordinator for my department, I would encourage the students to develop a personal statement about evaluation. This is important because when they would go to interviews, they would often be asked to describe their understanding of evaluation and explain it to people that may or may not have an background in evaluation. This exercise eventually became an important element in the Evaluation Procedures course.
Hot Tip: Develop a personal statement of what evaluation means to you and how it can and should be practiced in dynamic, fluid, and political organizational and community environments and how it differs from basic research. In other words, if a client asked you to explain your understanding of evaluation, your approach to evaluation, how you would work with stakeholders, and so on, what would you tell him or her? In your statement, explain what processes you think are important for designing and implementing an evaluation, and how you would approach determining an evaluation’s design and data collection methods.
What might your personal statement of evaluation look like?