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Endorsed by CES national and supported by the Ontario Chapter, the two considerations for evaluation ethics and standards guidelines include:

1) CES Guidelines for Ethical Conduct; and

2) Evaluation Standards.

These evaluation ethics and standards guidelines outline codes of conduct that are to be maintained by all CES members when they conduct evaluations.


Evaluation Ethics Guidelines

All CES-ON members are expected to adhere to the guidelines for ethical conduct.



Evaluators are to be competent in their provision of service.

  1. Evaluators should apply systematic methods of inquiry appropriate to the evaluation.
  2. Evaluators should possess or provide content knowledge appropriate for the evaluation.
  3. Evaluators should continuously strive to improve their methodological and practice skills.



Evaluators are to act with integrity in their relationships with all stakeholders.

  1. Evaluators should accurately represent their level of skills and knowledge.
  2. Evaluators should declare any conflict of interest to clients before embarking on an evaluation project and at any point where such conflict occurs. This includes conflict of interest on the part of either evaluator or stakeholder.
  3. Evaluators should be sensitive to the cultural and social environment of all stakeholders and conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to this environment.
  4. Evaluators should confer with the client on contractual decisions such as: confidentiality; privacy; communication; and, ownership of findings and reports.



Evaluators are to be accountable for their performance and their product.

  1. Evaluators should be responsible for the provision of information to clients to facilitate their decision-making concerning the selection of appropriate evaluation strategies and methodologies. Such information should include the limitations of selected methodology.
  2. Evaluators should be responsible for the clear, accurate, and fair, written and/or oral presentation of study findings and limitations, and recommendations.
  3. Evaluators should be responsible in their fiscal decision-making so that expenditures are accounted for and clients receive good value for their dollars.
  4. Evaluators should be responsible for the completion of the evaluation within a reasonable time as agreed to with the clients. Such agreements should acknowledge unprecedented delays resulting from factors beyond the evaluator’s control.


Evaluation Standards Guidelines

All CES-ON members are expected to adhere to the following evaluation standards. These program evaluation standards were developed by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. There are five standards:

  1. Utility
  2. Feasibility
  3. Propriety
  4. Accuracy
  5. Evaluation Accountability

For the detailed standards, click here.

CES is a sponsoring member of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE).  The Joint Committee has produced evaluation standards for Program Evaluation and for Personnel Evaluation, as well as standards for Student Evaluation.

Published in 2011, in 3rd Edition, the book on The Program Evaluation Standards provides a guide to evaluators and as well evaluation users.  It was written by Yarbrough, D. B., Shulha, L. M., Hopson, R. K., and Caruthers, F. A. and the book can be purchased from Sage publications (click here).