What Makes for a Credible Evaluator?
|July 28, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Research||
Does a lack of bias equal automatic credibility as an evaluator? The always enlightening blog, Genuine Evaluation by Patricia J Rogers and E. Jane Davidson, posits that an independent, outside, evaluator actually works against a credible evaluation. Rather, connectedness to the provider, the community receiving services, the funders and other stakeholders is what makes (or breaks) an evaluator’s credibility, and allows for a richer, perhaps more honest evaluation process.
Giving insights from the Kaupapa Maori culture and their own evaluation experiences, they suggest that trust is built through competent work conducted in a respectful manner and that those relationships enhance one’s credibility more than a forced, detached impartiality. A must read entry (with a streaming video piece) and it is here.