The Organizational Evaluation Capacity Assessment Instrument is based on a framework of organizational evaluation capacity developed by Bourgeois and Cousins (2013). The instrument is meant to highlight organizational evaluation capacity in six main dimensions, which constitute the main sections of the instrument (divided into “capacity to do” and “capacity to use” evaluation) Although the framework suggests that an organization must first develop its capacity to do evaluation in order to foster use (push model), the opposite can also be true, where an interest in using evaluation prompts an organization to increase its capacity to produce it (pull model).
One instrument should be completed per organization. In many instances, the person completing the instrument may need to draw on the knowledge and opinions of other organizational members. This can include (but is not limited to): senior executives, program managers, corporate staff, etc. These individuals can be consulted in a number of different ways, depending on the individual and the situation (e.g., formal or informal interviews, departmental evaluation committee meetings, written communications, etc.). We encourage you to complete it in a workshop format, where the group can discuss the ratings to be given to each item. We have often found that these discussions end up being as valuable as the completed instrument results.