What’s the difference between research and evaluation? While this question is continuously discussed in the evaluation field, one big difference has to do with the “value” in e-VALU-ation. Even though the American Evaluation Association’s guiding principles call for evaluators to address stakeholders’ values in their work (https://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=51), this can be challenging in practice.
So how do we as evaluators attend to values in our work? Moreover, how do we responsibly balance our own personal values with those held by funders, program staff, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders? During last year’s Values in Evaluation panel discussion at Boston College, we explored these questions through the perspectives of several Boston-based evaluators. This year, we invite you to explore how you assess and make explicit your own values and those of various stakeholders you engage in your work. The session will begin with an overview of research on and professional guidelines for addressing values in evaluation followed by facilitated small group discussions among attendees. Attendees will leave with some guidance and ideas for responsibly engaging with values in their work.
We look forward to continuing the conversation around addressing and integrating values in evaluation with the greater Boston area evaluation community.
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