Professional Development

Free Professional Development Opportunity! ETHICAL ISSUES IN EVALUATION


DateMar.22, 2013

LocationWorld Trade Convention Centre Summit room 8th floor.

Time:  Session 2 – 4pm; networking reception to follow 4 – 5pm.

Register:  Send an email to [email protected]  indicating you plan to attend

Medical citizenship means every doctor should have a voice and use it; every doctor’s voice matters. This issue has implications for the field of evaluation.

Evaluators experience challenges similar to those of doctors with regard to speaking “truth to power” (Michael Quinn-Patton, 2009).

The issues central to medical citizenship are relevant to the work of evaluators. Consider the following questions regarding medical citizenship from an evaluation perspective: Have you ever…

  • …felt that speaking your mind on a difficult issue related to an evaluation would be seen as ‘stirring the pot’?
  • …stayed silent on an issue because you felt speaking your mind might result in enemies or prevent you from being successful in securing future contracts?
  • …worked in a situation where raising ethical concerns or expressing honest dissent would result in you or another being marginalized or ostracized?
  • …worked in and environment where the person you report to (either as a consultant or employee) has such great power over your working life, that you would not want to cross them by expressing an unpopular opinion?

This session will explore what the field of evaluation can learn about the need for every evaluator to have a voice that matters by considering developments in medical citizenship.

Dr. Nancy Olivieri will discuss her experience as a researcher at the University of Toronto and Sick Kids Hospital when these two organizations failed to defend her academic freedom, her rights as an independent researcher, and ultimately hospital patients.


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