ERIC Number: EJ689225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 8
How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World?
American Journal of Evaluation, v25 n1 p103-107 2004
This is a statement on advocacy, activism, confluence of interest, and uncertainty, perhaps with a surprise ending. No two professional evaluators are the same but many use similar methods. Still, each person will use a method in a somewhat idiosyncratic way. Especially in the interpretation of data, personality and experience have a play. Professional evaluators come from many backgrounds. They have greatly different aspirations. As a group they are considerate people. They are ethical. They follow disciplined procedures to find the merit and worth of a program or other object. Oh, there is a rogue here and there. He or she may go where the money is. But most evaluators are good people, most of the time. They are specialists at recognizing differences among greater and less quality. They hope that their work will contribute to the making of a better world. This commentary concludes: Evaluators should be encouraged to "have a life" and to "have a dream" so their interpretations are enriched by personal experience. Comprehensive, idiosyncratic interpretations are small steps toward saving the world.
Descriptors: Ethics, Standards, Democracy, Advocacy, Researchers, Evaluators, Experimenter Characteristics
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