RLF12 - The Social Context of Evaluation Required reading...

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The Social Context of Evaluation Required reading: RFL, Chapter 12 I am only providing a few additional thoughts to this last chapter. In general, the chapter provides a lot of practical information and advice. The section on utilization of evaluation results is helpful because we obviously want our evaluations to be used! If you are interested, I have a useful (published) article on evaluation utilization. In my article I examined the implicit and explicit evaluation utilization models of about 10 of the most well know evaluators and outlined their views on evaluation utilization. If you want a copy of the article, just let me know and I will send you a pdf file of the article. Here is the reference: Johnson, R.B. (1998). Toward a theoretical model of evaluation utilization. Evaluation and Program Planning, 21, 93-110. Here is the abstract from this article: Implicit evaluation utilization process-models were constructed from evaluation theorists, ideas, and explicit evaluation utilization process-models (i.e., already developed models) were located in the literature. The meta- model (i.e., a model developed from other models) was developed from the implicit and explicit process-models and from important ideas reported in recent research on evaluation use (e.g., participation, organizational development, and complexity). The model depicts evaluation use as occurring in an internal environment situated in an external environment. The three sets of variables in the theoretical model are the background variables, the interactional or social psychological variables, and the evaluation use variables. It is contended that evaluation-for-use will result in longer term effects when ideas from complexity theory, organizational learning, and organizational design are employed. The meta-model reported
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here should be viewed as a theoretical model, offered in an attempt to promote theory development in the evaluation utilization literature. The section in Chapter 12 on evaluation standards, guidelines, and ethics is especially important because they provide some guidance of the kind of behavior and performance that is expected of professional evaluators. In Exhibit 12-E they show the Guiding Principles according the American Evaluation Association. Another useful set of standards is the Program Evaluation
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