Theories of Evaluation

Sharing My Top 10 Evaluation Doubts by Sara Vaca

Hi, I am Sara Vaca (Independent Evaluator and Saturday’s contributor to this blog). One day some months ago I tweeted that this book by Michael Patton (Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods: Integrating Theory and Practice) was solving two thirds of my evaluation doubts. “What is the other third?” he replied. And he left me thinking. …

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Theory & Practice Week: Getting to Know You: The Necessity of Evaluator Reflection by Cherie Avent

Hi Everyone! My name is Cherie Avent, and I am a second year Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a focus on program evaluation and research methods. I have been fortunate to work on diverse evaluation projects in which the faculty allow students to lead and select the theory that would …

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Theory & Practice Week: What’s real!?! How your Understanding of Reality Can (and does) subconsciously Affect your Methods by Justin Long

Hello all, My name is Justin Long and I am a 4th year M.S./PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I was always told to use methods and the evaluation theory that fit the context. If an evaluation is better served through a participatory evaluation then don’t force an deliberative-democratic evaluation approach. …

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Theory & Practice Week: Theory, Methodology, and Application by J. R. Moller

Greetings Everyone (and graduate students in particular)! My name is J. R. Moller and I am a first year Ph.D. student within the Educational Research Methodology Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to starting my Ph.D., I worked in evaluation and was trained on the job. I learned a lot, but …

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Theory & Practice Week: Evaluation theory and practice: Two halves of the same body by Adeyemo Adetogun

Hello! My name is Adeyemo Adetogun, I’m a doctoral student in the Education Research Methodology department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). My area of concentration is in program evaluation with a focus on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The very notion that we can evaluate anything, including evaluation itself, …

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Theory & Practice Week: Chicken or the egg: Evaluation theory and practice by Jeremy Acree

Hello, my name is Jeremy Acree and I’m a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), focusing primarily on research methods and program evaluation. I previously worked as a middle school math teacher, and the connections between teaching and evaluation have been interesting to explore. I’m particularly drawn to the ways …

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Theory & Practice Week: Advanced Studies in Evaluation Theory by Ayesha Boyce

My name is Ayesha Boyce and I am an assistant professor within the Educational Research Methodology Department at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Our department offers a comprehensive curriculum in program evaluation with a social justice focus. Jill Anne Chouinard, Tiffany Smith, and I teach classes in program evaluation and research methodology where we …

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Memorial Week in Evaluation: The classic Nothing as Practical as Good Theory by Carol H. Weiss by Sharon Rallis

This is a post in the series commemorating pioneering evaluation publications in conjunction with Memorial Day in the USA (May 28). My name is Sharon Rallis, a former AEA President and editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. Carol Weiss was a pioneering sociologist and program evaluator who helped create the field of evaluation. She was my …

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Theories of Eval TIG Week: Evaluation Paradoxes by Steve Powell

Hi, I’m Steve Powell, a freelance evaluator. I’m really interested in theories of, about, and within evaluation, and the conceptual headaches they can bring with them. Sometimes as evaluators we are so busy with practical challenges that we don’t have much time to worry if there is sufficient agreement about the meaning of the words …

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Theories of Eval TIG Week: Using Multiple Prescriptive Theories To Form a Descriptive Theory To Guide Your Practice by Eric Barela

Hello.  I’m Eric Barela, Measurement & Evaluation Senior Manager at Salesforce.org and current Board Member of the American Evaluation Association.  I’m here to share how I use prescriptive evaluation theories in my everyday practice. I have been an internal evaluator for over 15 years and have worked in a variety of organizations, from school districts …

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