Learning to Balance Public Policy/Political Preferences with Evaluation Best Practices
Session Number: 1390
Track: Presidential Strand
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Best Practices, ethics, Evaluation practice, Evaluator - Client Relationships, government evaluation, Politically sensitive evaluaiton, Program Evaluation Standards
Session Facilitator: David J Bernstein, Ph.D. [CEO - DJB Evaluation Consulting]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kathryn Newcomer [Professor - George Washington University]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Leslie Goodyear [Principal Research Scientist - Education Development Center (EDC)]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Katrina L Bledsoe [Principal Consultant - Bledsoe Consulting]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rakesh Mohan [Director, Office of Performance Evaluations - Idaho State Legislature]
Time: Nov 10, 2017 (06:30 PM - 07:15 PM)
Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: All Audiences
Session Abstract (150 words):
Sound evaluation practice requires that evaluators be familiar with and uphold standards and best practices of their profession such as the AEA Guiding Principles and the Joint Committee Standards. Evaluation sponsors (those who fund and authorize evaluations) and stakeholders are likely unfamiliar with the expectations and practices of the evaluation profession. What happens when the desires of evaluation sponsors conflict with the evaluation standards of practice? This Think Tank will explore the question, “How can evaluators ethically balance the policy/political preferences of evaluation sponsors/elected officials when those preferences might conflict with accepted evaluation practices and guidelines?” Attendees will share real world examples of ethical dilemmas they have faced in doing their work, and discuss their concerns about compromises they might be asked to make in conducting evaluation-related tasks. Senior evaluation facilitators will guide the discussion and document “coping mechanisms” to meet real and potential professional challenges.
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