We follow professional evaluation standards in the conduct of our work. Several such standards have been published and have been in use for many years. They are updated from time to time to reflect the development of the evaluation and accountability professions.
However, for evaluations and accountability studies related to government programs, we also use those of the Government Accountability Office and the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency (used by the U.S. Government Inspector General). They contain more specific provisions that are appropriate for such studies.
For international work, we consult a number of other standards, such as those issued by the United Nations, Canada, Great Brittan, and the European Union.
The Center Always Uses the Standards of the American Evaluation Association
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We encourage all who are interested in evaluation, accountability, and international studies to thoroughly familiarize themselves with all of these documents.
American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles for Evaluators:
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Auditing Standards:
Note: The Center uses those portions of these standards that apply to performance audits (evaluations) and agreed-upon engagements. The Center does not conduct financial audits. Should our clients need financial audits to be done in connection with our work we will assist them in obtaining the services of a qualified audit entity.
Chapter 3.General Standards
Chapter 7. Field Work Standards for Performance Audits
Chapter 8. Reporting Standards for Performance Audits
PCIE Standards (Inspectors General Quality Standards for Inspections and Evaluations):
United Nations Standards, Core Competencies, and Norms:
Institutional Framework and Management of the Evaluation Function
Included in the Standards for Evaluation in the UN System
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