Secure Data Handling: An Essential Competence for Evaluators

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Since it is paramount that the rights and welfare of evaluation participants and stakeholders be respected, we argue that the abilities and knowledge necessary to appropriately safeguard data ought to be considered an essential competence for evaluators. Building from past contributions, and in consultation with research ethics and data security experts from our home institution, recommended practices in the collection, handling, and storage of evaluation data were identified. A three- dimensional framework for secure data handling was developed, considering type of information handled, harm posed by a potential confidentiality breach, and corresponding steps to securing confidential information.

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