Determine what constitutes high quality evaluation

For any evaluation, there needs to be clarity about what will be considered a quality and ethical evaluation.

Different criteria can be used to determine what constitutes a good quality evaluation, including ethical practice. The options listed below are different criteria that can be used to define what constitutes high-quality evaluation.  They are sometimes labelled as evaluation standards or norms.

These can be operationalised through processes and tools. You can read about various ways of doing this on the page Review Evaluation Quality.


Criteria relating to products

Criteria relating to processes


American Evaluation Association (AEA). (2018). Guiding Principles for Evaluation. American Evaluation Association. Retrieved from

UNDP. (2019). The Evaluation Policy of UNDP. Executive Board Document via

United Nations Evaluation Group (2016). Norms and Standards for Evaluation. New York: UNEG.

Yarbrough, D.B., Shula, L.M., Hopson, R.K., & Caruthers, F.A. (2010). The Program Evaluation Standards: A guide for evaluators and evaluation users (3rd. ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

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