In general, veracity means truthfulness, accuracy, conveying or perceiving truth. Evaluators seek to base their claims accurately and truthfully on trustworthy information gathered in the light of participants' values. Evaluators idealize veracity in their work. However, many evaluators believe that what any one person calls truth is better viewed as that person's subjective perception of such. Perceptions are influenced by values, assumptions, inquiry methods, and many other characteristics of evaluation participants. However, although evaluators usually do not claim absolute veracity in all they perceive, claim, or report, they seek to honor veracity in the context of the values they and those they serve hold.

David D.Williams
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