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ERIC Number: EJ1169680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Theory-Based Evaluation Meets Ambiguity: The Role of Janus Variables
Dahler-Larsen, Peter
American Journal of Evaluation, v39 n1 p6-23 Mar 2018
As theory-based evaluation (TBE) engages in situations where multiple stakeholders help develop complex program theory about dynamic phenomena in politically contested settings, it becomes difficult to develop and use program theory without ambiguity. The purpose of this article is to explore ambiguity as a fruitful perspective that helps TBE face current challenges. Literatures in organization theory and political theory are consulted in order to cultivate the concept of ambiguity. Janus variables (which work in two ways) and other ambiguous aspects of program theories are classified and exemplified. Stances towards ambiguity are considered, as are concrete steps that TBE evaluators can take to identify and deal with ambiguity in TBE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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