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ERIC Number: EJ800141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1556-8180
Evaluation as the Conscience of Freedom and Democracy
Visscher, Ronald S.
Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, v4 n7 p61-70 Jul 2007
This essay suggests that freedom and democracy will not be sustainable unless all participant groups (citizens, judges, legislators/executives): (1) have the knowledge and motivation necessary to promote ongoing progress; and (2) possess the integrity necessary to inspire public confidence. A case could be made that each of these participant groups in the current American system appears to be missing at least one of these two requirements. What will it take to improve this situation? The essay suggests that improvements to the theory and practice of evaluation will not only be necessary to enable these two requirements to be achieved and introduces some of the needed improvements. The open question remains whether these improvements will flourish fast enough to enable evaluation to play its vital role as the conscience of free and democratic societies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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