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Practice Advice in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Enhancing Evaluation Credibility (OECD)

Description: The credibility of the evaluation is an important factor in determining whether the evaluation findings will be used.

Commentary: 

  • Factors influencing credibility include,
    • The competence and credibility of the evaluator
    • Mutual trust between the evaluator and those evaluated
    • Consultation and involvement of stakeholders and processes for communicating findings
  • Professional and ethical standards, and methodological quality of evaluation (encompassing issues such as relevant criteria, adequate data and evidence and reliable and clear findings) also have an effect on the credibility of evaluation. Quality assurance and open and frank dialogue can improve credibility by exposing and rectifying potential weaknesses in evaluations.

Source: OECD (1998). Best Practice Guidelines for Evaluation at http://www.oecd.org/governance/budgetingandpublicexpenditures/1902965.pdf (accessed 23 November, 2012).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 23 November 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.

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