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ERIC Number: EJ1034398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Who Is Afraid of Evaluation? Ethics in Evaluation Research as a Way to Cope with Excessive Evaluation Anxiety: Insights from a Case Study
Bechar, Shlomit; Mero-Jaffe, Irit
American Journal of Evaluation, v35 n3 p364-376 Sep 2014
In this paper we share our reflections, as evaluators, on an evaluation where we encountered Excessive Evaluation Anxiety (XEA). The signs of XEA which we discerned were particularly evident amongst the program head and staff who were part of a new training program. We present our insights on the evaluation process and its difficulties, as well as our suggestions for coping with them. We suggest that signs of XEA and its consequences can be reduced by means of developing a detailed contract based on clear rules that is acceptable to all parties (evaluators, evaluands, clients and stakeholders) and would address ethical as well as technical issues. Finally, we propose a guide for formulating such evaluation contracts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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