SLHRD at the front & center of the global evaluation professionalism debate


Dr. John LaVelle, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development Assistant Professor, is one of two appointed by American Evaluation Association (AEA) President John Gargani to represent AEA on EvalPartner’s new initiative on Professionalization.

This international evaluation partnership initiative works to implement strengthened civil society evaluation capacities. The objective of the initiative is to enhance the capacities of civil society organizations to engage in a strategic and meaningful manner in national evaluation processes, contributing to improved country-led evaluation systems and policies that are equity-focused and gender equality responsive.

Dr. LaVelle’s academic interests focus specifically on professionalization in evaluation, and he has authored several peer-reviewed articles on this topic. He is especially interested in the international job market and the formal university systems that are set up to meet those needs. He has explored topics such as analyzing the international job market for evaluators and methods for reaching out to potential applied researchers and evaluators.

Dr. LaVelle received his Ph.D. in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University, where he studied with AEA past-president Stewart Donaldson, Michael Scriven, and others.

For more information on the International Evaluation Partnership Initiative, click here.


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