With Much Power Comes Much Responsibility – Uncle Ben in Spider Man
Evaluating professionals and programs places us in a position of power, and we must be impeccable with our words to refrain from abusing our power. Being impeccable simply means to do exactly what you say you will do. Of course, the inherent problem with that simple statement may be that you find it hard to remember what you said to whom. Careful planning and outlining your intentions in written form are good methods to ensure that you carefully consider the assurances you give and if you can actually abide by them.
Dr. Mary L. Lanigan outlined several negative examples in her “Evaluating the Evaluator” case study. She asserts that we must not
- quote data sources in the final report when they were assured of confidentiality,
- compromise relationships within the organization with broken confidentiality,
- embellish data with more dramatic modifiers which alters the tone and degree of your data,
- rely on memory of interviews to inform evaluation instead of careful documentation, or
- compromise validity of report by delaying final evaluation delivery to client.
The 3 mistakes that we have discussed in this series can be avoided with meticulous planning and preparation. It is imperative that we foster and maintain trust to have open communication and healthy growth within our organization. This is our specialty at Brighter Strategies. Give us a call if you’d like some help crafting your next evaluation, we’d be happy to help.