Evaluation Ethics for Best Practice: Cases and Commentaries

Evaluation Ethics for Best Practice: Cases and Commentaries

by Michael Morris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1593855702

ISBN-13: 9781593855703

Pub. Date: 10/12/2007

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Focusing on ethical challenges in program evaluation, this innovative book features six case-study scenarios that end at a point where the evaluator faces a significant decision about how to proceed. For each case, two distinguished evaluators offer insights on the best course of action to choose, and why. "What If?" boxes modify the details of the scenarios,

Overview

Focusing on ethical challenges in program evaluation, this innovative book features six case-study scenarios that end at a point where the evaluator faces a significant decision about how to proceed. For each case, two distinguished evaluators offer insights on the best course of action to choose, and why. "What If?" boxes modify the details of the scenarios, inviting readers to reflect on whether these changes alter the ethical implications of the case. Six additional cases are presented with questions that guide readers to develop their own ethical analyses. The book is organized to follow the progress of an evaluation, from the entry/contracting phase through the utilization of results.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593855703
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/12/2007
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Ethics and Evaluation

2. The Entry/Contracting Stage

Scenario 1: The Coordination Project

Commentary: Consumers, Culture, and Validity, Karen E. Kirkhart

Commentary: Whose Evaluation Is It, Anyway?, David M. Chavis

What If...?

Final Thoughts: The Coordination Project

Scenario 2: Just Say No?

Questions to Consider

3. Designing the Evaluation

Scenario 1: The Damp Parade?

Commentary: Everybody Talks about the Weather..., Melvin M. Mark

Commentary: No Rain Today, Gail V. Barrington

What If...?

Final Thoughts: The Damp Parade

Scenario 2: What’s under the Rock?

Questions to Consider

4. Data Collection

Scenario 1: The Folder

Commentary: Hold ’Em or Fold(er) ’Em?: What’s an Evaluator to Do?, Michael Hendricks

Commentary: Centering the Folder, sarita davis

What If…..?

Final Thoughts: The Folder

Scenario 2: Hideout

Questions to Consider

5. Data Analysis and Interpretation

Scenario 1: Knock, Knock, What’s There?

Commentary: What’s There: Confidence or Competence?, Leslie J. Cooksy

Commentary: Interpreting Effects, William R. Shadish

What If...?

Final Thoughts: Knock, Knock, What’s There?

Scenario 2: Things Happen

Questions to Consider

6. Communication of Results

Scenario 1: Mainstream

Commentary: Mainstreaming Process Evaluation: Ethical Issues in Reporting Interim Results, Mary Ann Scheirer

Commentary: Reporting Bad News: Challenges and Opportunities in an Ethical Dilemma, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar and Lucía Orellana-Damacela

What If...?

Final Thoughts: Mainstream

Scenario 2: Whose Voices?

Questions to Consider

7. Utilization of Results

Scenario 1: Nightly News

Commentary: Fixing the Spin on Evaluation, Laura C. Leviton

Commentary: From Substance Abuse to Evaluation Misuse: Is There a Way Out?, Sharon F. Rallis

What If...?

Final Thoughts: Nightly News

Scenario 2: Is My Job Done Yet?

Questions to Consider

8. Lessons Learned

Appendix A. The Guiding Principles for Evaluators

Appendix B. The Program Evaluation Standards, Second Edition

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