3.3. Select the evaluation team

The selection of the evaluator or evaluation team should be a transparent process.

The expertise required for the evaluation will be dependent on the type of evaluation. Table 18 below lists broad essential evaluator characteristics.

Table 18: Essential evaluator characters or qualities matched to the main purpose of the evaluation[1]
Main purpose of the evaluationEssential evaluator qualities
Accountability: Emphasis on determining the worth or merit of a project/program.
  • Should possess qualitative and quantitative expertise and experience.
  • Independence and credibility is of central importance.
Learning: Emphasis on facilitating project/program improvements.
  • Must be reflective, familiar and comfortable with concepts of adult education and organisational learning, and willing and able to take the role of facilitator.
  • Should possess qualitative and quantitative expertise and experience.
Innovation: Emphasis on facilitating the design of new projects/programs based on what works.
  • Should be a strong leader but also a team player.
  • Should possess good analytical skills.

The Territory Government guide to procurement sourcing provides information on the assessment and negotiation process. The qualities across the team should also include a good mix of:

  • quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • multidisciplinary skills (for example, economic, demographic, environmental, sociological)
  • thematic and contextual knowledge and experience
  • gender and cultural balance
  • language skills.

[1] BetterEvaluation: Manager's guide to evaluation – 2. Scope the evaluation: Determine the evaluator qualities

Last updated: 14 December 2020

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