An Ethical Dilemma For A Program Evaluator

Ethical dilemmas represent an important consideration for public policy and administration professionals. Organizational stakeholders and their values and principles present unique challenges for program evaluators. For this Discussion, review “Fiona’s Choice: An Ethical Dilemma for a Program Evaluator” on page 511 in the McDavid course text.


  • List values and principles that would be important to the main stakeholders in this situation, both for Fiona and the organization.
  • Use the AEA’s guiding principles for evaluators as a guide.
  • Explain the values and principles that you selected as important to the main stakeholders and how you would handle this situation.

required reading listed below

McDavid, J. C., Huse, I., & Hawthorn, L. R. L. (2019). Program evaluation and performance measurement: An introduction to practice (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Chapter 12, “The Nature and Practice of Professional Judgment in Program Evaluation” (pp. 478-509)

Morris, M. (2011). The good, the bad, and the evaluator: 25 years of AJE ethics. American Journal of Evaluation, 32(1), 134–151.

Picciotto, R. (2011). The logic of evaluation professionalism. Evaluation, 17(2), 165–180.

Frierson, H. T., Hood, S., Hughes, G. B., & Thomas, V. G. (2010). A guide to conducting culturally responsive evaluations. In J. F. Westat (Ed.), The 2010 user-friendly handbook for project evaluation (pp. 75–93). Retrieved from