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Neutrality (in evaluation) 

An attribute required of the evaluation function and evaluators that is characterized by impartiality in behaviour and process.

(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat "Policy on Evaluation")


In carrying out their evaluation responsibilities evaluators do not allow official, professional, personal or financial relationships or interests to influence or limit the scope of the evaluation or evaluation questions and the rigour of their methodology, limit disclosure, or weaken or bias findings. In addition, they will not allow preconceived ideas, prejudices or social/political biases to affect their analysis; the development of evaluation findings, conclusions, recommendations; and the tone and content of an evaluation report.


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