Informed consent in evaluation: informed of what, exactly?

lcj-14-coverEmma Williams

LCJ: Special Issue: Evaluation, 14, pp. 180-203

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Williams, E. (2014). Informed consent in evaluation: informed of what, exactly? Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Evaluation], 14, 180-203. DOI:



Australia’s 2007 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research includes a requirement for informed consent from research participants. This paper discusses how the dynamics of bio-medical research, which underlie the national statement and processes aligned to it, differ from the dynamics often encountered by researchers conducting program evaluations with particular reference to two areas: the multiple layers of power that interact in a typical program evaluation, and the risks experienced by evaluation stakeholders in the late stages of the process. Implications for informed consent in evaluations are outlined and future steps proposed.


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