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ERIC Number: EJ1102333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
On Messes, Systems Thinking, and Evaluation: A Response to Patton
Miller, Robin Lin
American Journal of Evaluation, v37 n2 p266-269 Jun 2016
To help evaluation professionals better understand what an authentic attempt at Developmental Evaluation (DE) ought to look like and when it is appropriate to use, Michael Patton's provocative essay (this issue) offers evaluators eight sensitizing concepts to call on as guides. Patton states these concepts succinctly define DE and persuasively argues each must be unequivocally evident for an evaluation to earn the DE label. But are these eight concepts sufficient to clarify when and how to conduct DE? At the request of the editors, I comment on the adequacy of sensitizing concepts for evaluating in the context of emergent innovation. [For Michael Patton's essay, "What Is Essential in Developmental Evaluation? On Integrity, Fidelity, Adultery, Abstinence, Impotence, Long-Term Commitment, Integrity, and Sensitivity in Implementing Evaluation Models," see EJ1102336.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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