For evaluation to be truly useful it needs to be engage in public discussions about relevant issues, especially those involving strategic changes to the way government and non-government organisations plan, manage and implement or how data are gathered, reported and used.
American Evaluation Association (AEA)
In 2001 and 2002, the American Evaluation Association Task Force on High Stakes Testing developed an AEA position statement on high stakes testing and research reports for evaluators to use to inform themselves.
Evaluation associations and societies may consider identifying opportunities for engagement in relevant organisational and public processes and support an ongoing capacity for such engagement (for example, formulating targeted working groups or Task Forces to focus on areas such as government engagement and advocacy).
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