It is always ethical to engage many stakeholders, representing many different perspectives, in preparing for, designing and carrying out evaluation, and in making meaning of results. It is also strategic. This is because evaluations that are genuinely inclusive make sure that people know the purpose and consequences of evaluation, so they can make reasoned decisions about their level of support and participation. When an evaluation is structured to be as inclusive as possible, it can help the stakeholders to build ownership in the findings. Sometimes, this will also build anticipation and audiences for the actions that might come from those findings.
This section includes resources on some of the most common ways people think about inclusiveness in evaluations, including participatory evaluation and multiculturalism in evaluation. It is important to note that traditional evaluation, as it is often practiced in the [...]
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
~ Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa
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