ERIC Number: EJ1070840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Insights on Using Developmental Evaluation for Innovating: A Case Study on the Cocreation of an Innovative Program
Lam, Chi Yan; Shulha, Lyn M.
American Journal of Evaluation, v36 n3 p358-374 Sep 2015
This article contributes to research on evaluation by examining the capacity and contribution of developmental evaluation for innovating. This case study describes the "preformative development" of an educational program (from conceptualization to pilot implementation) and analyzes the processes of innovation within a developmental evaluation framework. Developmental evaluation enhanced innovation by (a) identifying and infusing data primarily within an "informing" process toward resolving the uncertainty associated with innovation and (b) facilitating program cocreation between the clients and the developmental evaluator. Analysis into the demands of innovation revealed the pervasiveness of uncertainty throughout development and how the rendering of evaluative data helped resolve uncertainty and propelled development forward. Developmental evaluation enabled a nonlinear, coevolutionary program development process that centered on six foci--definition, delineation, collaboration, prototyping, illumination, and reality testing. This article concludes by encouraging evaluators to understand the demands of innovation and the value of design thinking when innovating.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Evaluation Research, Evaluation, Program Design, Program Development, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Innovation, Educational Theories, Preservice Teacher Education, Best Practices, Formative Evaluation, Transcripts (Written Records), Meetings, Electronic Mail, Decision Making, Needs Assessment, Foreign Countries
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