evaluative thinking

The core of evaluation: Evaluative Thinking by Tom Grayson

  Hello Evaluators!  I’m Tom Grayson, former member of the AEA Board, recently retired as Director of Evaluation in Student Affairs at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Currently,  I am an evaluation consultant and facilitator. I just finished reading the recent issue of New Directions for Evaluation, Number 158 Summer 2018, titled “Evaluative Thinking.” …

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Evaluative Thinking as a Way of Doing Business by Guy Sharrock, Tom Archibald and Jane Buckley

Greetings! We’re Guy Sharrock (Catholic Relief Services), Tom Archibald (Virginia Tech), and Jane Buckley (JCBConsulting). Following a much earlier aea365 post dated April 29, 2012, Evaluative Thinking: The ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ of Evaluation Capacity Building and Evaluation Practice, we’d like to describe what we are learning from our evaluative thinking (ET) work in Ethiopia …

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#Eval15 Week: Tom Archibald on The Great Evaluative Thinking Scavenger Hunt at Evaluation 2015

I’m Tom Archibald, Chief of Party of the USAID/Education and Research in Agriculture project in Senegal and Assistant Professor of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech. I’ve just arrived in Chicago and am looking forward to another exciting week full of learning, connecting, and fun! Jane Buckley and I are getting ready for …

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Eval Use TIG Week: Keiko Kuji-Shikatani on Using Evaluative Thinking to Support Evaluation Use

My name is Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, the current chair of the Evaluation Use Topical Interest Group (TIG), one of the original AEA TIGs. The Evaluation Use TIG was born of the interest in evaluation utilization in the 1970s, extending into both theoretical and empirical work on Use in the 1980s and 1990s, and to a broader …

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OL-ECB Week: Tom Archibald and Guy Sharrock on Integrating Learning by Promoting Evaluative Thinking

Hi, we are Tom Archibald (Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech) and Guy Sharrock (Senior Technical Advisor for Learning with Catholic Relief Services). We believe one way to integrate and sustain learning in an organization is by intentionally promoting “evaluative thinking.” Evaluative thinking (ET) is an …

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Karen Widmer on Knowledge Flow: Making Evaluation the Reference Point

Hello. I am Karen Widmer, a 4th year doctoral student in the Evaluation program at Claremont Graduate University. I’ve been developing and evaluating systems for performance (business, education, healthcare, and nonprofits) for a long time. I think organizations are a lot like organisms. While each organization is unique, certain conditions help them all grow. I …

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Tom Archibald and Jane Buckley on Evaluative Thinking: The ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ of Evaluation Capacity Building and Evaluation Practice

Hi, we are Tom Archibald and Jane Buckley with the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation. Among other initiatives, we work in partnership with non-formal educators to build evaluation capacity. We have been exploring the idea of evaluative thinking, which we believe is an essential, yet elusive, ingredient in evaluation capacity building (ECB). Below, we …

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