Cultural Conflicts of Interest: Definition, Description, and Avoidance

Session Number: 1429
Track: Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Session Facilitator: Veronica Thomas [Professor - Howard University]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Patricia Campbell [Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc.]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8218

Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Evaluators must always be concerned with actual and potential conflicts of interests (COI) and must deal with them openly and honestly so that they do not compromise the evaluation processes and results. COI includes situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an evaluator's judgment in conducting the evaluation and/or reporting the findings. COI exists regardless of whether the evaluator’s judgment and behavior can be demonstrated to have adversely influenced the evaluation, but instead, it exists simply as a condition of the evaluator having competing interests. There are two major areas of COI generally considered in the evaluation field including financial and professional COI. In this Think Tank, we propose a third COI, cultural conflict of interest and seek to engage with participants to further refine and discuss this concept and generate examples from dominate racial, academic and methodological cultures.