Ethics in measurement
(2) sub-optimisation (pursuit of narrow local objectives at the expense of organisational objectives);
(3) myopia (pursuit of short-term targets at the expense of long-term objectives);
(4) measure fixation (an emphasis on measures rather than the underlying objectives);
(5) misrepresentation (deliberate manipulation of data);
(6) systematic misinterpretation of data;
(7) gaming (manipulation of behavior to get rewards for achieving targets); and
(8) ossification (rigid measures to inhibit innovation).When planning and conducting an impact measurement tool, you should always be aware of the difficulties connected to it. Here are some recommendations to pay attention to in order to get suitable results with high acceptance:
Work in the interest of beneficiaries
- Participants must consent to share information voluntarily
Be sure to obtain consent from participants. Using a standard consent form helps to integrate this step in the general procedures and to be sure, that legal requirements are met.
- Be careful with incentives
While it is appropriate to provide incentives for participating in measurement activities, you have to be aware that this might influence the sample composition and the answers of the participants.
- Sensitive information should be protected through anonymity
Thoughtfully allow and restrict access to sensitive information.
If anonymity is granted, reduce the number of people with access to the cleared data.
- Clear responsibilities for data management in your organization
- Ensure data are stored securely
Work with IT to restrict access to data in electronic files through password protection.
Store hard copies of data in a locked cabinet.
- Set rules
Decide how long hard copy and electronic data is stored and make sure that data then is destroyed irrecoverable.
- Be transparent about your measurement tools
- Communicate results
Inform everyone who was involved in the measurement process about the results of your measurement tools.
- Define lessons learnt out of the measurement process and control for change later on
What do you think?What other rules or standards would you expect in a measurement process, if your work would be measured?Please share your ideas in the ‘comments’ section below.
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