ERIC Number: EJ773097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 4
Ethical Challenges Scenario: Youth Involvement in Evaluation
Cooksy, Leslie J.
American Journal of Evaluation, v28 n3 p318-320 Sep 2007
All evaluators face the challenge of striving to adhere to the highest possible standards of ethical conduct. Translating the AEA's Guiding Principles and the Joint Committee's Program Evaluation Standards into everyday practice, however, can be a complex, uncertain, and frustrating endeavor. Moreover, acting in an ethical fashion can require considerable risk-taking on the evaluator's part. In the Ethical Challenges column, commentators share their views of how evaluators might respond to specific problematic situations, linking their analyses to the principles and standards they believe are most relevant to the case. Not surprisingly, the perspectives that commentators offer are not always in agreement. When this occurs, reflection on the nature and sources of these differences of opinion can enhance our sensitivity to the ethical dimensions of our evaluation work and our awareness of the options available for addressing them. This paper introduces the ethical challenge for September 2007, in which Dr. Luanda tries to balance youth involvement in evaluation with the needs of student, teacher, and district-level stakeholders in the program she is evaluating.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Evaluators, Ethics, Evaluation Methods, Standards, Empowerment, Youth Programs, Student Participation, Grade 8, Data Collection
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Education Level: Grade 8
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