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NCJ Number: 51601 Find in a Library
Title: COMMENTS ON 'THE INFLUENCE OF EXTERNAL POLITICAL FACTORS ON THE ROLE AND METHODOLOGY OF EVALUATION' (FROM EVALUATION STUDIES - REVIEW ANNUAL, V 3, 1978 BY THOMAS D COOK ET AL - SEE NCJ-51598)
Author(s): W J WRIGHT
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS COMMENTARY SUGGESTS THAT THE GENERATION OF EVALUATION STANDARDS REFLECTING THE VALUES OF EVALUATORS MIGHT MINIMIZE THE INFLUENCE OF EXTERNAL POLITICAL FACTORS ON EVALUATION EFFORTS.
Abstract: THE PRIMARY ISSUE RAISED BY THE ARTICLE IS THE NEED TO EXAMINE WAYS OF SOLVING PROBLEMS RESULTING FROM THE INEVITABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLITICS AND EVALUATION. EVALUATORS ARE NOT EMPLOYED JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE OBLIGATED TO EMPLOY THEM BY THEIR FUNDING AGENCY. PRESUMABLY, EVALUATORS ARE HIRED BECAUSE PERSONS WHO CREATE OR DIRECT FUNDING AGENCIES BELIEVE THAT EVALUATION WILL GENERATE CREDIBLE INFORMATION ON WHICH DECISIONS CAN, IN PART, BE BASED. MOST PROFESSIONS HAVE GENERAL GUIDELINES TO ASSIST THEIR MEMBERS IN DETERMINING APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL ARRANGEMENTS. THE ARTICLE ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR SIMILAR STANDARDS IN AT LEAST THREE AREAS: RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES, AUDIENCE RESTRICTIONS, AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. REASONABLE CONTRACT STANDARDS CAN GO ONLY SO FAR IN SOLVING THE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED IN THE ARTICLE. STANDARDS FOR PERFORMANCE ARE ALSO INDICATED THAT INVOLVE INSTRUMENTATION AND SAMPLING, INTERPRETATION AND REPORTING, AND NONPERFORMANCE. BENEFITS THAT CAN EMERGE FROM THE GENERATION OF EVALUATION STANDARDS ARE DISCUSSED, AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. SEE NCJ-51600 (DEP)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation criteria; Evaluation techniques; Grants or contracts; Political influences; Standards
Note: REPRINTED FROM EVALUATION COMMENT, V 8, N 10 (DECEMBER 1976)
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