Versions of this paper were delivered at the 2010 and 2013 American Evaluation Association conferences. Acknowledgements are extended to Jennifer Greene, Stafford Hood, Jill Chouinard, and Karen Kirkhart for their review of previous versions of this manuscript. Additionally, William Rodick provided extensive editorial and formatting edits to multiple versions of this paper. Special acknowledgements are paid to the editors of the special issue, James Griffith and Bianca Montross Moorhead, and to Ernie House for his inspirational and provocative visions of the field decades ago.
Justice Signposts in Evaluation Theory, Practice, and Policy
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014
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New Directions for Evaluation
Special Issue: Revisiting Truth, Beauty, and Justice: Evaluating With Validity in the 21st Century
Volume 2014, Issue 142, pages 83–94, Summer 2014
How to Cite
2014). Justice signposts in evaluation theory, practice, and policy. In J. C. Griffith & B. Montrosse-Moorhead (Eds.), Revisiting truth, beauty, and justice: Evaluating with validity in the 21st century. New Directions for Evaluation, 142, 83–94.(
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2014
This chapter, influenced by Ernest House's conceptions of justice from his Evaluating with Validity seminal book, offers two justice signposts in contemporary evaluation theory, practice, and policy. The justice turn in evaluation privileges issues of power, fairness, justice, and rights beyond practical and technical considerations. Cases and examples draw upon Housian notions of justice in advancing and making obvious how evaluation may contribute to more just practices, systems, and structures in our larger society.