Reflexivity and Ethics of Practice in Youth-Focused Evaluation

Session Number: 1065
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
Tags: ethics, young people
Session Facilitator: Christen Pentek [Host - Social Fabric Research]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Christen Pentek [Host - Social Fabric Research]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mónica Ruiz-Casares [Associate Professor & Investigator - McGill University & SHERPA-Institut Universitaire]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (12:30 PM - 01:30 PM)
Room: Hilton Minneapolis Ballroom ABC - Table 47

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This Birds of a Feather Gathering invites youth-focused evaluators to discuss about the stickiness of everyday ethics and the ethical tensions that arise throughout the evaluation cycle and in partnerships. Young people are increasingly being invited to take active roles in evaluations and studies that affect them. In order to do this, youth-focused evaluators need to navigate institutional and legal requirements (particularly related to age, cognition, and the legal status of young people) while being responsive to the needs and preferences of participants and other stakeholders (e.g., parents/legal guardians). To bring leadership and renewal to the profession, youth-focused evaluators must advance reflexivity (Berger 2015; Guilleman & Gillam, 2004) and balance procedural ethics with the ethics of practice. Participants will be invited to share ethical challenges encountered in practice (e.g., related to confidentiality or voluntariness), and strategies they successfully used to balance institutional and ethics committees’ rules with actual evaluation processes.