Doing No Harm in Evaluation
Session Number: 1622
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Ethical standards, Harm Reduction, international development evaluation, Principles
Session Facilitator: Stephen Porter [Evaluation Strategy Advisor - World Bank]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Veronica M Olazabal [Senior Advisor and Director, Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance - The Rockefeller Foundation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rodney Hopson [University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Linda Raftree [Independent Consultant, Organizer of MERL Tech]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Dugan Ian Fraser, Adjunct Professor [Director - CLEAR AA ]
Time: Oct 29, 2020 (01:00 PM - 01:45 PM)
Audience Level: Intermediate
Session Abstract (150 words):
Harm is not a word that evaluators have engaged with deeply very often. The presenters of this Think Tank initially came together to reflect on harm in evaluation practice when organizations that were meant to protect rights but caused harm were exposed. Over a period of two years we have further understood that evaluation can cause harm through its: handling of allegations of sexual exploitation; inaccurate findings; privileging of voices; myopically focusing on donor values; careless storing of data; cultural insensitivity; and not evaluating harm. This think tank introduces these issues and seeks to identify where our principles and standards need updating to better reflect the potential for harm. The Think Tank will engage participants in a participatory reflection process aimed to develop adaptations for where our principles are found wanting.
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