The ers standards for program evaluation Academic Article uri icon


  • THE ERS Standards, together with those of the Joint Committee, symbolize a commitment to the professionalization of evaluation. The two sets of standards, however, differ on at least five important dimensions: the perceived linearity of evaluation activities; preferred and permitted approaches (with one set heavily favoring quantitative/experimental approaches over any others); the purposes of evaluation; obligations to clients and stakeholders; and whether or not social science can be value-free (objective). Because these fundamental assumptions are so divergent, the possibility of combining or effecting a compromise between the two sets appears unlikely at this time. 1985.

published proceedings

  • Evaluation and Program Planning

author list (cited authors)

  • Lincoln, Y. S.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Lincoln, Yvonna S

publication date

  • January 1985