AEA Guiding Principles on Evaluation

This resource, developed by the The American Evaluation Association (AEA) outlines a sets of guiding principles it has identified with the aim of setting a benchmark of evaluation standards for all evaluation practitioners.


  • Preface: Assumptions Concerning Development of Principles
  • The Principles
  • A. Systematic Inquiry: Evaluators conduct systematic, data-based inquiries.
  • B. Competence: Evaluators provide competent performance to stakeholders.
  • C. Integrity/Honesty:  Evaluators display honesty and integrity in their own behavior, and attempt to ensure the honesty and integrity of the entire evaluation process.
  • D.  Respect for People:  Evaluators respect the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants, clients, and other evaluation stakeholders.
  • Process of the 2002-2003 Review and Revision. : Evaluators articulate and take into account the diversity of general and public interests and values that may be related to the evaluation.
  • Background
  • Process of Development.
  • Resulting Principles.
  • Recommendation for Continued Work.
  • Process of the 2002-2003 Review and Revision. 


American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2004). Guiding Principles for Evaluation. American Evaluation Association. Accessed on 21 July, 2011 Retrieved from

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