Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Betterment, undermining, support and distortion : a heuristic model for the analysis of pressure on evaluators
Authors : Pleger, Lyn Ellen
Sager, Fritz
DOI : 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.09.002
Published in : Evaluation and Program Planning
Volume(Issue) : 69
Pages : 166
Pages to: 172
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
ISSN: 0149-7189
1873-7870
Language : English
Subjects : Evaluation; Evidence-based policymaking; Heuristic BUSD-model
Subject (DDC) : 658.4: Executive Management
Abstract: Evaluations can only serve as a neutral evidence base for policy decision-making as long as they have not been altered along non-scientific criteria. Studies show that evaluators are repeatedly put under pressure to deliver results in line with given expectations. The study of pressure and influence to misrepresent findings is hence an important research strand for the development of evaluation praxis. A conceptual challenge in the area of evaluation ethics research is the fact that pressure can be not only negative, but also positive. We develop a heuristic model of influence on evaluations that does justice to this ambivalence of influence: the BUSD-model (betterment, undermining, support, distortion). The model is based on the distinction of two dimensions, namely 'explicitness of pressure' and 'direction of influence'. We demonstrate how the model can be applied to understand pressure and offer a practical tool to distinguish positive from negative influence in the form of three so-called differentiators (awareness, accordance, intention). The differentiators comprise a practical component by assisting evaluators who are confronted with influence.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/13321
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Management (IVM)
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