Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review
VEPR is a peer-supported reflective practice process for evaluators
The UK Evaluation Society has developed and tested a voluntary evaluator peer review (VEPR) process with a view to establishing it as a regular service for members.
The aim of the VEPR is to provide the opportunity for evaluators to develop their evaluation skills and practice by voluntarily undertaking a self-review of their practice with the support of peer reviewers. It emphasises reflective practice.
VEPR applicants self-assess all their capabilities against the UK Evaluation Society Framework of Evaluation Capabilities. They then select two capabilities from different domains to reflect on in-depth with two peer reviewers. The reviewers are experienced evaluation practitioners who have themselves undergone VEPR training and a peer review process.
VEPR is a new approach to professional development through peer review. It provides a means of reflecting on practical experience in order to improve the way we work as evaluators. The capacity to reflect helps evaluators identify their areas of competence, increase their personal confidence and become a more proactive and qualified professional.
The UK Evaluation Society approach takes into account the varied ways people come into evaluation work, the diverse roles that evaluators undertake, and the range of cultural contexts in which evaluation occurs.
The benefits from voluntary peer review
Taking part in regular peer review will help you:
- Check out your capabilities and identify areas of expertise which you wish to develop or strengthen
- Reflect on professional challenges and experiences in a confidential forum
- Plan for continuing professional development within a capabilities framework
- Open up networking among evaluators
- Combine professional learning with accountability to the profession
- Promote discussion of evaluation practice and standards
It brings benefits to the individual evaluator through career development; to institutions for independent guidance on professional development; and to the wider community of commissioners, evaluation stakeholders and the broader public that evaluation practitioners are engaged in continuing professional development.
How VEPR works
Members of the UK Evaluation Society can apply to take part in a structured review with the assistance of two approved peer reviewers selected from a panel of reviewers. The reviewer panel is made up of senior evaluation practitioners representing a range of evaluation roles – evaluation providers, educators, commissioners, advisers, and so on – so that the review will be relevant to any of those roles, and the review can be undertaken by peers experienced in those evaluation roles. The reviewers also cover a range of sectors – for example, Government, academia, international development, health, education, economics, social science and environmental.
The reviewers are carefully matched to applicants based on the above roles / sectors and the experience they have of the areas on which the reviewees wish to reflect. The review process focuses on the applicant identifying selected practice areas for review where they would like to develop or enhance their professional capability. Those areas reflect the UK Evaluation Society Framework of Evaluation Capabilities.
Previous reviewees / reviewers
- Andrew Berry
- Robin Brady
- Robbie Gregorowski
- Dione Hills
- Colin Jacobs
- Jo Kaybryn
- Christiane Kerlen
- Rob Lloyd
- Richard Longhurst
- Gemma Moore
- Jessica Ozan
- Derek Poate
- Steve Powell
- Melanie Punton
- Matthew Terry
- Kate Tobin
- Susan Tucker
- Sadie Watson