Develop Evaluation Capacity

It is important to develop and build on human capital (knowledge and skills), organizational capital (technical infrastructure and processes) and social capital (supportive networks) for effectively managing, undertaking and using evaluations. Evaluation capacity includes developing an evaluation culture of valuing evidence, valuing questioning, and valuing evaluative thinking. Some people also refer to evaluation capability – the ability to actually use capacity.


  • Community of practice:A community of practice allows a group of people with a common interest or concern to share and learn through a series of interactions, thus reflecting the social nature of human learning.
  • Conferences:Attendance at professional conferences to understand how other evaluators frame and discuss their findings is a key component of building evaluation capacity.
  • Coaching:Coaching involves supporting an individual during training or development in order for them to reach a specific personal or professional goal.
  • Evaluation policy:An evaluation policy outlines the definition, concept, role and use of evaluation within an organisation.
  • Evaluation Library:
  • Evaluation societies and associations:
  • Evaluator competencies:the skills, abilities, knowledge, experience, and/or qualifications that an evaluator is expected to have depending on their role in the evaluation process.
  • Learning circle:A Learning Circle allows a group of individuals to meet and explore an issue and learn from each other in the process.
  • Mentoring:supporting a colleague by sharing professional and personal experiences in order to support their development and growth.
  • Organisational policies and procedures:Policies and procedures which lay out an organisation’s decision making processes.
  • Peer Coaching:Peer coaching involves two or more colleagues working closely together to improve knowledge and skills and create solutions to workplace problems.
  • Peer review for meta-evaluation:reviewing the evaluation by using peers from within the organisation or outside of the organisation.
  • Reflective practice:Reflective practice involves an individual reflecting on their work allowing them to learn from their own experiences and insights and engage in a practice of continual learning.
  • Supervised practice in teams:
  • Training and formal education: developing people’s knowledge and skills in conducting and/or managing an evaluation.


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