ERIC Number: EJ1082049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Complicity Revisited: Balancing Stakeholder Input and Roles in Evaluation Use
Sturges, Keith M.
American Journal of Evaluation, v36 n4 p461-469 Dec 2015
Drawing on a qualitative study of an educational reform and its external evaluation, I describe how a well-intentioned but poorly conceptualized evaluation helped perpetuate asymmetries in the generation and use of evaluation findings. This article explores this project's failure to clarify evaluator roles, identify intended users and expected subjects, and generate formal agreements so that the evaluation could meet the information needs of its diverse stakeholder groups. I offer suggestions for minimizing evaluators' contributions to the creation or maintenance of these kinds of asymmetries and, when these prove to be of limited avail, when to opt out of an evaluation project.
Descriptors: Evaluation Utilization, Stakeholders, Role, Evaluators, Educational Change, Qualitative Research, Evaluation Problems, Case Studies, Advanced Placement Programs, Program Evaluation, High School Students
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