Strategies for Managing Evaluation Anxiety: Toward a Psychology of Program Evaluation

Student Co-author

CGU Graduate

Document Type



Community and Global Health (CGU)

Publication Date

Fall 2002


Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Psychology


Excessive evaluation anxiety (XEA) can be a destructive phenomenon in modern program evaluation. Some of the negative consequences include: Lack of access to important information and data; compliance and cooperation problems; false reporting; effects on bias and validity; and reduced utilization of evaluation findings. If left alone, XEA can lead stakeholders to behave in ways that destroy the credibility of evaluation findings and evaluators. The purpose of this paper is to examine the sources and signs of XEA in program evaluation, and to provide practicing evaluators with strategies to prevent and manage this common problem. This example of how more than technical skills are required to conduct high quality program evaluations illustrates the need for and begins a broader discussion of the psychology of evaluation.

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© 2002 American Evaluation Association