The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI) offers top-tier training in evaluation for beginning, mid-career, and advanced evaluation professionals. Through a balanced curriculum and high-quality instruction from experts in the field, TEI emphasizes practical relevance for practicing evaluators.

Our programs strive for these values:

  • Practicality: Theory and methods are taught with a focus on real-world usability and impact
  • Balance: The strengths of quantitative and qualitative methods are emphasized
  • Rigor: We seek for every participant to truly gain insights and competencies through participation
  • Depth: From the beginner to the seasoned professional, we address questions of the meaning and importance of evaluation
  • Convenience: Come for two days. Three days. One week. TEI is designed with your busy schedule in mind, offering a wide variety of topics and quality instructors to fit your needs.

Our goal is to provide evaluation professionals with the skills and credentials they require for meaningful and successful practice.

Certificates in Evaluation

Participation in TEI courses can lead to a certificate to acknowledge your evaluation proficiency:

We invite you to contact us at to learn more about expanding your skills or sharing TEI programs with colleagues!

Our History

TEI, the first entity of its kind in the world, was founded by Dr. M. F. “Midge” Smith in 1996. Dr. Smith’s vision was to bring together the most highly regarded experts in the field to identify the most useful evaluation content areas, who would then provide instruction and learning activities that enhance the role of, the practice of, and the impact of evaluation. TEI continues Dr. Smith’s vision in its new home in the Claremont Evaluation Center at Claremont Graduate University.