PE Standards Week: (Re)Introducing the JCSEE Program Evaluation Standards by Brad Watts

Hello! My name is Brad Watts, Assistant Director of The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan. In addition to my duties as a professional evaluator, I am also currently serving as Chair of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), the organization responsible for developing, reviewing, and approving evaluation standards in North America, including the Program Evaluation Standards. On behalf of JCSEE, I would like to welcome you to a week-long series of blogs on the Program Evaluation Standards!

Before I began working with standards with the JCSEE, first as a representative and later in leadership roles, I took for granted that evaluation standards were something that most evaluators learned about during grad school, or as part of their ongoing training in the field. Even if the book might gather dust at times (because who has time to formally conduct meta-evaluation of their own work?), the Program Evaluation Standards are a foundational document for our field. However, it has come to my attention that recognition and use of the standards may have diminished in recent years (a topic that will be discussed in a blog post later this week). As the size and breadth of the evaluation world has grown and our attention has shifted to new endeavors, it is time to reconsider evaluation standards and why the ability to define high-quality evaluations is important to our work. This week of blogs is one attempt to get the standards on your radar!

Get Involved: Share your thoughts on the standards

For those evaluation professionals who are already well-acquainted with the Program Evaluation Standards, the JCSEE would like to hear from you regarding the following:

  • How do you use the Program Evaluation Standards in your work?
  • What training or resources would help make the standards more useful to the field?
  • Is there anything you would like to see addressed (or removed) in a future revision to the standards?

Share your thoughts using the contact form on the JCSEE website and help us improve the next edition!

This week, we’re diving the Program Evaluation Standards. Articles will (re)introduce you to the Standards and the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), the organization responsible for developing, reviewing, and approving evaluation standards in North America. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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