The Second Edition of Building Evaluation Capacity provides 89 highly structured activities which require minimal instructor preparation and encourage application-based learning of how to design and conduct evaluation studies. Ideal for use in program evaluation courses, professional development workshops, and organization stakeholder trainings, the activities cover the entire process of evaluation, including: understanding what evaluation is; the politics and ethics; the influence of culture; various models, approaches and designs; data collection and analysis methods; communicating and reporting progress and findings; and building and sustaining support. Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, minimum and maximum number of participants, range of time required, materials needed, primary instructional method, and procedures for facilitators to help learners in the most common evaluation practices.

The Politics and Ethics of Evaluation Practice

The Politics and Ethics of Evaluation Practice

The Politics and Ethics of Evaluation Practice


This section includes activities that address

  • Understanding how and why evaluation is always political
  • Understanding the professional ethics of evaluation practice

The following information is provided as a brief introduction to the topics covered in these activities.

The Politics of Evaluation Practice

Evaluation is inherently a political act. Therefore, it is important that evaluators clearly understand that regardless of the evaluation’s depth and scope, it deals with issues of power, position, and resources. In 1973, Carol Weiss urged evaluation researchers to publicly recognize the importance of politics and values within the evaluation and policy-making process. She identified three ways in which evaluation and politics are related: (a) The policies and programs with which evaluation deals are ...

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