Professional reasons for declining an evaluation contract

Nick L. Smith

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Professional evaluation is a market-based activity in which economic considerations play a dominant role. But are there ever professional reasons for turning down an evaluation contract? Considering how evaluations can promote either guild maintenance interests or societal improvement interests illuminates several dilemmas in the proper conduct of evaluation and suggests the need for greater explicit attention to what it means for the evaluation profession to contribute to the public interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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