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What can Buddhism offer evaluation? Applying Buddhist concepts in evaluation

Sonia Chen

Buddhism and evaluation share many things in common: They both help people make progress towards their goals by overcoming problems and challenges with the understanding of their strengths and values and the relationship between causes and effects. This paper explores what Buddhism can offer evaluation by discussing five aspects of evaluation for which there is a distinct Buddhist perspective. A Buddhist worldview sees an equal and interdependent relationship between the evaluator and the evaluand, gives certainty to cause and effect, and is mindful and respectful of the subjective nature of knowledge. This Buddhist perspective brings an evaluator closer to a deeper understanding of causality for judgement and action. Through focusing on inner change, Buddhism provides a way for the empowerment of individuals and the transformation of society. The author concludes that looking at evaluation through a Buddhist perspective supports evaluation to be more honest, thoughtful, and inclusive as a discipline. The remaining task is putting theory into practice.

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