Principles, promises, and a personal plea: What Is an evaluator to do?

Katherine E McDonald, Shannon E. Myrick

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The client of a student evaluation team has requested that the evaluators provide confidential identifying information gathered in the course of the evaluation. Here, the authors consider their response to the client's request. Specifically, they draw from professional principles developed to guide ethical decision making for evaluators and educators to consider the advantages and disadvantages of denying or meeting this request from a variety of stakeholder perspectives. The authors then use this stakeholder analysis to engage in imaginative thinking about the possible responses from which the student evaluation team can select. They conclude with a review of lessons learned from this challenging situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Novice evaluators
  • Professional ethics
  • Stakeholder analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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