SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Morris, M. (2011). The good, the bad, and the evaluator: 25 years of AJE ethics. American Journal of Evaluation, 32, 134–151.

This article offers a review of the contributions of Evaluation Practice and the American Journal of Evaluation to the current understanding of evaluation ethics. The author organized the review according to the five Guiding Principles for Evaluators (Systematic Inquiry, Competence, Integrity/Honesty, Respect for People, and Responsibilities for General and Public Welfare) and identifies key themes within each domain.

Journal Article 2: Picciotto, R. (2011). The logic of evaluation professionalism. Evaluation, 17, 165–180.

This article, referenced in Ch. 12 of the textbook, explores the intersection between professionalism and evaluation. The author applies logical models of professionalism to the practice of evaluation and speculates about the future of the discipline.

Journal Article 3: Picciotto, R. (2015). Democratic evaluation for the 21st century. Evaluation, 21, 150–166.

With evaluation becoming a global discipline, evaluators are faced with assessing whether their approaches are relevant across varying cultures, ideologies, and governments. This article reviews the evidence regarding the relevance of democratic evaluation approaches and recommends adoption of a progressive evaluation model designed to complement, update and renew existing democratic and social justice evaluation approaches.

Journal Article 4: Schwandt, T. (2017). Professionalization, ethics, and fidelity to an evaluation ethos. American Journal of Evaluation, 38, 546–553.

Schwandt makes the argument in this article that the current discussion of the professionalization of the practice of evaluation largely overlooks several significant issues including: what the terms “profession” and “professional” mean and evaluator-manager collaboration. A professional ethos of evaluation is discussed.