16 March 2021

Live Online Training (via Zoom) 09:00 - 16:30 BST

Ethics in Everyday Evaluation Practice Masterclass

This Masterclass is about embedding ethics into everyday evaluation practice, rather than solving individual ethical dilemmas per se.


Ethical dilemmas are inherent to evaluation.  During evaluations, particularly when in the field, evaluators may need to make complex judgements in unique and dynamic circumstances.  There is often an unspoken assumption that evaluators and commissioners share common ethics and will therefore resolve an ethical dilemma in a partcular way.  Yet ethics are culturally specific.  Different individuals, communities and organisations have their own definitions of what is culturally ‘right’ behaviour.  The ‘right’ or ‘ethical’ course of action is therefore subject to differing interpretations and judgements.

Plan of the day

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and Introduction to UK Evaluation Society and this Masterclass

Dr Jessica Ozan, UK Evaluation Society Council Member

09:10 – 10:45 Introduction to ethics and evaluation practice
Dr Leslie Groves Williams

Getting to know each other, your ethical dilemmas, and establishing our ways of working
What do we mean by ‘Ethics’ in evaluation?
Why ethics is important in evaluation practice?

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Integrating ethics into everyday evaluation practice

Exploration of key considerations for integrating ethics into day to day practice at each stage of the intervention cycle: from commissioning to dissemination and beyond

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Role speicific considerations for those engaged in evaluation processes from organisational leaders to evaluation commissioners, managers and implementers

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 16:30 Action going forward – personal and/or organisational

Range of resources on Ethics in Evaluation – resources available; strengths of each (protocols, examples of dilemmas, governance …)

Closing Remarks by Dr Jessica Ozan


The Masterclass is aimed at those working in the field of evaluation who have some hands on experience – evaluators, commissioners or evaluation managers


To provide a framework for enabling participants to include working with ethics in their everyday evaluation practice.
To strengthen participants’ confidence in this aspect of evaluation practice.


The Masterclass offers a mix of informative presentations, space for interactive discussion and space for individual thinking.

Tutor Biography

Dr Leslie Groves Williams is a leading authority on the practice of ethics and evaluation.  She has been involved in Developing guidelines and materials for a number of development agencies.


£220 for Non-Members of UK Evaluation Society
£180 for Members
£140 for Student Members

Apply for a place on this course …. N.B. Closing date for applications is 8th March 2021