ERIC Number: EJ1007346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Evaluation in an Era of Accountability: Unexpected Opportunities--A Reply to Jill Chouinard
Carman, Joanne G.
American Journal of Evaluation, v34 n2 p261-265 Jun 2013
In "The Case for Participatory Evaluation in an Era of Accountability" (this issue), Jill Chouinard highlights seven tensions between the participatory and technocratic approaches to evaluation. She suggests that there is a need to create opportunities for more participatory approaches to evaluation. In this essay, I suggest that the era of accountability has actually created unexpected opportunities for participatory and meaningful evaluation. These include: encouraging organizations to use evidence-based practices and be more deliberate about program strategy; identifying common outcomes and indicators for program managers to adopt and use; and using accountability mandates to create opportunities for capacity building and organizational learning. I also describe how evaluators can use the current focus on outcomes and impact to create opportunities to have broader discussions about the benefits of other types of evaluation.
Descriptors: Accountability, Evidence, Evaluation Methods, Research Opportunities, Reader Response, Evaluation Research, Nonprofit Organizations, Program Evaluation, Educational Practices, Performance Based Assessment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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