ERIC Number: EJ812729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Where Local and National Evaluators Meet: Unintended Threats to Ethical Evaluation Practice
Rodi, Michael S.; Paget, Kathleen D.
Evaluation and Program Planning, v30 n4 p416-421 Nov 2007
The ethical work of program evaluators is based on a covenant of honesty and transparency among stakeholders. Yet even under the most favorable evaluation conditions, threats to ethical standards exist and muddle that covenant. Unfortunately, ethical issues associated with different evaluation structures and contracting arrangements have received little attention in the evaluation research literature. This article focuses on the unintended ethical threats associated with multitiered evaluation contexts. After briefly reviewing the various frames through which evaluation theory and ethics are commonly viewed, we discuss ethical challenges associated with multitiered evaluation designs including examples drawn from our evaluation projects. The article concludes with specific findings and recommendations for evaluators, grantors, grantees, and researchers. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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