Module 14: Guiding the Evaluator: Evaluation Ethics, Politics, Standards, and Guiding Principles

Evaluators have many tasks, including planning, organizing, and designing evaluations and collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. They also have to deal with internal and external pressures. They may be asked to make changes to the plan, organization, or reporting of the evaluation to meet the needs of others. Sometimes proposed modifications are welcome; at other times, they may raise ethical or political considerations.

Ethics and politics are issues for all evaluators, especially for those working in countries with poor governance and a history of corruption. Internal pressures within a development organization can also create ethical issues. This module discusses ethical issues and political considerations in evaluations.

This module has three main parts:

  • Ethical Behavior
  • Politics and Evaluation
  • Evaluation Standards and Guiding Principles