Today’s American Evaluation Society’s AEA365 tip by Barbara Klugman is about an evaluator’s ability to speak truth to power, which is their conference theme this year. They give 6 tips, and 6th got me thinking. It suggests that an evaluator include in their terms of reference the independent right to communicate findings to other audiences, and have the resources to do this (while respecting their ethical responsibility to do no harm). Klugman suggests that publishing findings is critical to an evaluator’s ability to speak truth to power, and make sure results contribute to broader learning in the field.
What do people think about this??? Do evaluators have a responsibility to share findings, even if their client chooses not to do so? Evaluators - have you or would you do this? Community orgs - would you be ok with this? Would agreeing to this change your approach to the evaluation?
I think we all need to do much better at sharing what we learn. Is this the way to do it?