A number of organisations have developed ethical guidelines to cover the conduct of evaluation, including the responsibilities of those conducting and managing evaluations.
Organisations commissioning evaluations can require evaluators to work within these guidelines. Evaluators responding to Requests for Proposal can include the guidelines as part of their proposal for conducting an evaluation.
- AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators: This paper from the American Evaluation Association (AEA) outlines the guiding principles to be used by evaluators in order to promote ethical practice in evaluations.
- AES Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluations: These guidelines from the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) were designed to ensure ethical behaviour and decision making are incorporated into evaluation practice.
- The African Evaluation Guidelines 2002: This paper from the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) provides a brief description of the guidelines and a series of checklists to assist with the planning, implementation and completion of the evaluation process.
- Guidelines to Avoid Conflict Of Interest in Independent Evaluations: These guidelines from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) set out the procedures that need to be taken into account when assessing the independence of evaluation and audit functions to ensure ethical requirements are met.
Professional Development Resources
AEA Guiding Principles Training Package - facilitator's guide: This professional development package is an introduction to the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Guiding Principles for Evaluators. The workshop uses evaluation case studies to demonstrate how the principles should be incorporated into evaluations and has been designed to engage the audience in dialogue about ethical evaluation practice and the AEA's Guiding Principles.
Evaluation Ethics, Politics, Standards, and Guiding Principles: This module from the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) aims to create an awareness amongst evaluators of the ethical and political considerations they may need to address during an evaluation.