In Ethics for Evaluation the diverse perspectives on ethical guidance in evaluation are untangled and ordered in a theoretical framework focusing on evaluations doing no harm, tackling bad and doing good.
Divided into four parts a diverse group of subject experts present a practical look at ethics, utilizing practical experience to analyze how ethics have been applied in evaluations and how new approaches can shape the future of ethics. The chapters collectively create a common understanding of the potential role of ethics to infuse policy decisions and stakeholder initiatives with evaluations that provide better insight and potential solutions for problems, going beyond "what works" to what needs to be done and what would help. The methodological scope ranges from working in contexts of fragility, conflict and violence, to participatory and decolonized approaches, including the ethical imperatives posed by global crises such as climate change, inequity and exploitative international relations.
Ethics for Evaluation presents evaluators, commissioners of evaluation, policymakers and practitioners with inspiration for an ethical perspective on how evaluation can contribute towards solving problems. It presents a solid foundation for inclusive terminology and ethics guidance that would be the heart of a global exercise in professionalization of ethical evaluation practice.
Ray C. Rist
Part 1: Ethical Framework and Guidance
1. A Framework for Approaching Ethics in Evaluation
Rob D. van den Berg, Penny Hawkins and Nicoletta Stame
2. Ethical Guidance: Enabling evaluation’s role in tackling bad and doing good
Rob D. van den Berg
Part 2: Case Studies and Issues Emerging in the Practice of Evaluation
3. Ethics and Evaluation: Ethical issues relating to environmental and social impact evaluations
4. Evaluation and Ethics in Contexts of Fragility, Conflict and Violence
Inga-Lill Aronsson and Hur Hassnain
5. Ethics in Evaluation in Resettlement Related Interventions
Inga-Lill Aronsson and Hur Hassnain
6. Evidencing the Impact of Complex Interventions: The ethics of achieving transformational change
Chris Barnett and Rachel Eager
7. Resilient Evaluators: Characteristics, conditions and prospects
Lyn E. Pleger and Frans L. Leeuw
Part 3: Ethics in a Changing World
8. Ethical Practice through a Transformative Lens and Methodological Implications in Evaluation
Donna M. Mertens and Tessie Catsambas
9. The Danger of the Single Story: Evaluation, Ethics and the Global South
Zenda Ofir and Louise Gallagher
10. Evaluation Ethics, Models and Values: The professional imperative
11. Evaluation Ethics in Desperate Times
Michael Quinn Patton
Part 4: The Way Forward
12. Evaluation Contributing to the Common Good and to Tackling Bad: Ethical processes in evaluation
Nicoletta Stame, Penny Hawkins and Rob D. van den Berg
"Ethics for Evaluation is engaging and inspiring, and provides a valuable framework and guidance to help evaluators practice ethically across the global landscape. It is a must read for anyone planning to commission, conduct, or use evaluations in rapidly changing environments such as education, health care, communities, and a variety of organizational settings in these post-normal times."
Stewart I. Donaldson, Distinguished University Professor, Claremont Graduate University
"I strongly recommend this book for those who care about the impact of evaluation. It considers ethics for evaluators, in their actions and practices, and also for evaluations, in terms of how its scope and processes are framed. It also considers ‘tackling bad’ and ‘do no harm’ and then also ‘ be restorative’ – going beyond net-zero to having a positive impact. The range of examples means that it will offer lessons from examples that feel very familiar and from situations that appear unfamiliar. It deserves to be read by everyone involved in managing the evaluation function within an organisation, or who sees themselves as an evaluation professional, and should become essential reading in graduate evaluation programs."
Patricia Rogers, CEO, BetterEvaluation
[This book] fills a much-needed gap in the exploration of ethical issues faced by the evaluators and the evaluation profession. Through real-life case studies that resonate, this book provides much-needed guidance on how we can practice more ethically not only to reduce harm but to have a positive impact.