SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 16, No 2 (2016)

Politics, Ethics and Professionals in Policy Evaluation

Anisur Rahman Khan




Abstract


The importance of evaluation is well acknowledged in the domain of public policy and public administration. Politics, ethics and the roles and responsibilities of professionals are closely intermingled in the domain of policy evaluation. However, their implications are often poorly understood. Since the field of evaluation is expanding quite significantly, it demands to have a substantial level of understanding about the roles and responsibilities of professional evaluators and their interface with the
ethical and political aspects of policy evaluation. This paper, through a
content analysis, explores the various dynamics related to the roles and
responsibilities of professionals, and issues linked up with politics and
ethics of policyevaluation. Without having a careful consideration of these
aspects, the fundamental purpose of policy evaluation might be plunged
into serious tribulation. Thus, a professional evaluator must demonstrate
highest professionalism in dealing with ethics and politics.

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