Who Is Afraid of Evaluation? Ethics in Evaluation Research as a Way to Cope With Excessive Evaluation Anxiety: Insights From a Case Study

Shlomit Bechar, Irit Mero-Jaffe

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Abstract

In this paper we share our reflections, as evaluators, on an evaluation where we encountered Excessive Evaluation Anxiety (XEA). The signs of XEA which we discerned were particularly evident amongst the program head and staff who were part of a new training program. We present our insights on the evaluation process and its difficulties, as well as our suggestions for coping with them. We suggest that signs of XEA and its consequences can be reduced by means of developing a detailed contract based on clear rules that is acceptable to all parties (evaluators, evaluands, clients and stakeholders) and would address ethical as well as technical issues. Finally, we propose a guide for formulating such evaluation contracts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-376
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ethical and technical aspects
  • evaluation contracts
  • evaluators and stakeholders
  • guide for identifying and managing XEA
  • XEA (excessive evaluation anxiety)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management

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