ERIC Number: EJ1052532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
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Using Evaluation to Effect Social Change: Looking through a Community Psychology Lens
Cook, James R.
American Journal of Evaluation, v36 n1 p107-117 Mar 2015
Program evaluation is generally viewed as a set of mechanisms for collecting and using information to learn about projects, policies and programs, to understand their effects as well as the manner in which they are implemented. AEA has espoused principles for evaluation that place emphasis on competent, honest inquiry that respects the security, dignity and self-worth of respondents, program participants, clients, and other evaluation stakeholders. For community psychology, program evaluation is conceptualized as a strategy for effecting social change and promoting social justice. Examples of "evaluation as change strategy" are provided, with specific suggestions for how evaluators can increase the likelihood that evaluation efforts can lead to successful community changes.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Social Justice, Community Change, Change Strategies, Psychology, Community, Advocacy, Credibility, Change Agents
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