Why are we afraid of evaluation?
Reblogueo este post de Saville Kushner, con el que coincido en gran parte, que pone en solfa la cultura evaluadora en la que estamos instalados, que no conduce nada más que a la pérdida de democracia y de humanismo.
We, in public service, are all evaluated these days – performance appraisals, inspection, programme evaluations. We live under regimes of judgement – low-trust judgement. It is easy to think that judgements are all about approval and condemnation – they mostly are. We ‘succeed’, we ‘fail’, we ‘get by’. This is what frightens us most, perhaps – a judgement as summary as an execution or a lottery result. But such evaluation is just lazy thinking. There are better uses for evaluation and more useful ways of doing it, as we will see.
The fact is that most of what we do by way of public action is complex and defies easy measurement. Our work resists simple categories like ‘excellent’, ‘satisfactory’, ‘poor’. Let’s say we care for a vulnerable, perhaps an abused, child. What skills do we need? We need to have a grasp of child psychology, social service, learning theory, child…
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