rlf2 - Tailoring Evaluations Required reading: RLF, Chapter...

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Tailoring Evaluations Required reading: RLF, Chapter 2. The RLF model of evaluation is a needs based or contingency based theory of evaluation. In their words, you must always tailor your evaluation (i.e., make it fit the needs and circumstances) just as a professional tailor makes a set of clothes fit a specific individual. I will provide a some comments and summary of each of the major sections of the RLF chapter: What Aspects of the Evaluation Plan Must Be Tailored? What Features of the Situation Should the Evaluation Plan Take Into Account? The Nature of the Evaluator-Stakeholder Relationship. Evaluation Questions and Evaluation Methods. Stitching It All Together. What Aspects of the Evaluation Plan Must Be Tailored? Just as you must write a research plan for a major research project, it is essential that you write an evaluation plan for a program evaluation. This plan will be your agreement with your stakeholders, and it is your guide or blueprint, showing what you will do. It will help prevent many problems from developing later on. You must make sure that your key stakeholders agree with it and “sign off” on it.
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and relationships). 1. The questions that need answers are tailored. Basically, it is the questions that forms the heart of a program evaluation in the RLF model. In many ways, everything else emanates from the evaluation questions. Note that this fits nicely with the rule in traditional research methods that the research questions drive the research method, and not the other way around. 2. The methods and procedures to be used are tailored. Once you know your evaluation questions, you can select the best, feasible methods for answering the questions, and you can determine the specific form the methods will take in your evaluation. What is best and what is feasible often conflict in practice; therefore, you will have to determine an appropriate and acceptable balance. 3. The specific nature of the evaluator-stakeholder relationship is tailored for fit. RLF suggest that you specifically include in your evaluation plan when, with whom, and how you will interact with key stakeholders. Two very different styles are highly participatory evaluations and independent evaluations. They also suggest you include a dissemination plan (i.e., when and to whom you will provide feedback, and what form that communication will take) in your evaluation plan. What Features of the Situation Should the Evaluation Plan Take Into Account? The evaluation that you conduct must fit the evaluation needs and context. That is, it must be tailored so that it fits the local needs and context, as well as any broader needs that you have identified. There are three major areas to examine when you begin to tailor
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rlf2 - Tailoring Evaluations Required reading: RLF, Chapter...

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