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.

part I|44 pages

Ethical Framework and Guidance

chapter 1|15 pages

A Framework for Approaching Ethics in Evaluation

ByRob D. van den Berg, Penny Hawkins, Nicoletta Stame

chapter 2|28 pages

Ethical Guidance

Enabling Evaluation's Role in Tackling Bad and Doing Good
ByRob D. van den Berg

part II|118 pages

Case Studies and Issues Emerging in the Practice of Evaluation

chapter 3|34 pages

Ethics and Evaluation

47Ethical Issues Relating to Environmental and Social Impact Evaluations
ByShekhar Singh

chapter 4|21 pages

Evaluation and Ethics in Contexts of Fragility, Conflict and Violence

ByInga-Lill Aronsson, Hur Hassnain

chapter 5|23 pages

Ethics in Evaluation in Resettlement Related Interventions

ByInga-Lill Aronsson, Hur Hassnain

chapter 6|17 pages

Evidencing the Impact of Complex Interventions

The Ethics of Achieving Transformational Change
ByChris Barnett, Rachel Eager

chapter 7|22 pages

Resilient Evaluators

Characteristics, Conditions and Prospects
ByLyn E. Pleger, Frans L. Leeuw

part III|94 pages

Ethics in a Changing World

chapter 8|24 pages

Ethical Practice through a Transformative Lens and Methodological Implications in Evaluation

ByDonna M. Mertens, Tessie Catsambas

chapter 9|23 pages

The Danger of the Single Story

Evaluation, Ethics and the Global South
ByZenda Ofir, Louise Gallagher

chapter 10|24 pages

Evaluation Ethics, Models and Values

The Professional Imperative
ByRobert Picciotto

chapter 11|22 pages

Evaluation Ethics in Desperate Times

ByMichael Quinn Patton

part IV|28 pages

The Way Forward

chapter 12|27 pages

Evaluation Contributing to the Common Good and to Tackling Bad

259Ethical Processes in Evaluation
ByNicoletta Stame, Penny Hawkins, Rob D. van den Berg