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Values in Evaluation-Panel at Boston College

  • 04/18/2019
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Boston College


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Many evaluators work to make the world a better place. For some, this means advancing explicit values in evaluation – values of diversity, equity, social justice, human rights, environmental sustainability, among others. Such values are increasingly central to evaluation work across private, government, and philanthropic sectors. However, advancing values in evaluation poses a unique set of challenges that those conducting evaluations are typically not trained in, such as:

  • How to identify which (and whose values) are relevant? 
  • How to work with diverse stakeholders who may hold differing (and potentially conflicting) values? 
  • Whether evaluators should incorporate their personal values in an evaluation? 
  • How to operationalize and measure values? 
  • What methods can help synthesize values and evidence into judgments about the value of policies and programs? 

In this panel session, we invite conversation between panelists about how, if at all, they advance values in their evaluation work. Our session will begin with an overview by Dr. Emily Gates, Assistant Professor of Evaluation at Boston College, of the big questions debated in the evaluation field about the role of values in evaluation. She will then moderate a discussion between several Boston area evaluators and evaluation commissioners working across education, social services, and health arenas about how they address values in their work.

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