Professional program evaluators are guided by a set of professional standards in five areas: utility, feasibility, propriety, accuracy, and accountability. Supported by the American Evaluation Association, they take into account and provide guidance on how information will be used and by whom, designing achievable and meaningful studies that are carried out in ways that are legal and fair, using good project and fiscal management judgment, and ensuring unbiased and replicable studies that are supported with credible resources, documentation, and data. Taken as a whole, the standards steer evaluators to produce evaluations that are meaningful, credible, objective, efficient, and fair. The Indikus team carefully adheres to the program evaluation standards in every project. We also participate in American Evaluation Association trainings and discussions regarding the standards.
Utility standards are intended to increase the extent to which program stakeholders find evaluation processes and products valuable in meeting their needs. They ensure that evaluations include:
The feasibility standards help ensure that the program evaluation is effective and efficient. They improve the quality of the evaluation’s:
The proprietary standards support what is proper, fair, legal, right and just in a program evaluation. These standards address potential issues related to the evaluation’s:
Accuracy standards focus on the dependability and truthfulness of program evaluation representations, propositions, and findings, especially those that support interpretations and judgments about quality. They ensure that evaluations contain:
Accountability standards provide for comprehensive documentation of evaluations and focus on continuously improving program evaluation processes and products. They include:
Program Evaluation Process model adapted from Yarbrough, D. B., Shulha, L. M., Hopson, R. K., and Caruthers, F. A. (2011). The program evaluation standards: A guide for evaluators and evaluation users (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage