Informed consent in evaluation: informed of what, exactly?

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)180-203
    Number of pages24
    JournalLearning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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