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ERIC Number: ED435674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 8
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Participatory Evaluation: A Democratizing Instrument?
Fusco, Dana; Sabo, Kim
This paper examines the overall process of implementing participatory evaluation methods in a nonparticipatory, nondemocratic environment. The paper is based on a 1-year evaluation of an after-school literacy program and is part of a larger effort to bring participatory evaluation to the grantees of a foundation. The evaluation occurred with an after school program that provides services to Chinese immigrant youth and their families, along with a creative, nontraditional learner environment for children between the ages of 5 and 14. A nonparticipatory and nondemocratic organizational climate was evident early on and reflected throughout the evaluation process. Teachers were not included in evaluation planning, and there was an evident lack of communication between the director and her staff. Staff meetings and staff journal writing increased the sense of participation, but the biggest success as transformative participatory evaluators was in working with the director to see the value of staff feedback. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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