Theories of Evaluation

Theories of Eval TIG Week: Application of the Fourth Generation or Constructivist Evaluation to Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking by Gisele Tchamba

Hello! I am Gisele Tchamba, past Chair of Behavioral Health TIG and Founder of ADR Evaluation Consulting. Valuing from the Fourth Generation Evaluation (FGE) Perspective – Evaluation theorists in the valuing branch of Alkin’s theory tree have different views of valuing. Some share the perspectives of Third Generation Evaluation in which the evaluator as judge …

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Theories of Eval TIG Week: Teaching evaluation theory (to non-evaluators, in under two hours) by Jessica Shaw

Hi y’all! I’m Jessica Shaw, Assistant Professor in the Boston College School of Social Work, and Program Chair of the Theories of Evaluation TIG. I teach program evaluation to social work clinicians in their final semester in graduate school. They are an eager bunch—to graduate that is, not so much to learn about evaluation theory. …

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Theories of Eval TIG Week: Evaluation Theories: Aids to the Evaluation Imagination by Lyssa Wilson Becho

Hello! My name is Lyssa Wilson Becho and I currently serve as the Chair of the Theories of Evaluation TIG. I am also an evaluator at Western Michigan University’s Evaluation Center and a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation at Western Michigan University. I am excited to kick off this AEA365 week sponsored …

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Best of aea365: Carolyn Cohen on Appreciative Inquiry: Small Scale Use

Hello, I am Carolyn Cohen, owner of Cohen Research & Evaluation, LLC, based in Seattle Washington. I specialize in program evaluation and strategic learning related to innovations in the social change and education arenas.  I have been infusing elements of Appreciative Inquiry into my work for many years.  Appreciative Inquiry is an asset-based approach, developed …

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OPEN Week: Elizabeth O’Neill on When not to evaluate

I am Elizabeth O’Neill, Program Evaluator for Oregon’s State Unit on Aging and President-Elect for the Oregon Program Evaluators Network. I found myself on this unlikely route as an evaluator starting as a nonprofit program manager. As I witnessed the amazing dedication for producing community-based work, I wanted to know that the effort was substantiated. …

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Abhik Roy, Kristin Hobson, and Chris Coryn on the Scriven Number

Hi, we’re Abhik Roy and Kristin A. Hobson, students and Doctoral Associates (we know what you’re thinking…wow…they must be rich) in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU), and Dr. Chris L. S. Coryn, Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research and Director of the IDPE (our boss…please tell him to pay …

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Maxine Gilling on Lessons Learned from a Study of How Politics Influence Evaluation Policy

Hello, I am Maxine Gilling, Research Associate for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). I recently completed my dissertation entitled How Politics, Economics, and Technology Influence Evaluation Requirements for Federally Funded Projects: A Historical Study of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from 1965 to 2005. In this study, I examined …

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Carolyn Cohen on Appreciative Inquiry: Small Scale Use

Hello, I am Carolyn Cohen, owner of Cohen Research & Evaluation, LLC, based in Seattle Washington. I specialize in program evaluation and strategic learning related to innovations in the social change and education arenas.  I have been infusing elements of Appreciative Inquiry into my work for many years.  Appreciative Inquiry is an asset-based approach, developed …

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Bloggers Series: Jane Davidson and Patricia Rogers on Genuine Evaluation

Hello. We are Jane Davidson, Director of Real Evaluation Ltd, and Patricia Rogers, Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at RMIT University, and together we write the Genuine Evaluation blog. We’d spent years discussing evaluation offline and found that we shared some strong views and values (and a sense of humor) that we could have some …

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