A key consideration in developing an evaluation framework and tools is the incorporation of ethical standards for research. Evaluation with integrity is done in ways that:
- respect people, relationships, and service objectives;
- are methodologically responsive and appropriate; and
- are credibly and competently done.1
Some of the main ethical considerations in conducting evaluation are:
- Ethics Board approval to ensure compliance with current ethical standards;
- Informed consent from participants to ensure they are aware and comfortable with the processes involved in the evaluation; and
- Permissions / releases to allow certain types of information to be used for the purposes of evaluation.
Key Resources for Ethical Standards in Research & Evaluation
|Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (2014):|
|Canadian Evaluation Society, Program Evaluation Standards:|
|Research & Evaluation with Indigenous Groups:|
- Bania, M. (2015). Evaluation of mentoring programs. Presentation for the Ontario Mentoring Coalition, Toronto, ON, February 2015.