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Accreditation, Certification, and Credentialing: Relevant Concerns for U.S. Evaluators: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 145

Accreditation, Certification, and Credentialing: Relevant Concerns for U.S. Evaluators: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 145

James W. Altschuld (Editor), Molly Engle (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-05773-4

Mar 2015, Jossey-Bass

128 pages



This is the 145th issue in the New Directions for Evaluation series from Jossey-Bass. It is an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.

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Using business management, accounting, and human resource development as examples, the accreditation of institutions or programs offering evaluation education is thoughtfully examined.

5. Credentialed Evaluator Designation Program, the Canadian Experience 71
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