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ERIC Number: EJ779487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
The User-Oriented Evaluator's Role in Formulating a Program Theory: Using a Theory-Driven Approach
Christie, Christina A.; Alkin, Marvin C.
American Journal of Evaluation, v24 n3 p373-385 2003
Program theory plays a prominent role in many evaluations, not only in theory-driven evaluations. This paper presents a case study of the process of developing and refining a program's theory within a user-oriented evaluation. In user-oriented (or utilization-focused) evaluations, primary users can play a role in defining their own program theory. This is different, however, from the typical process by which a program theory is developed when using theory-driven evaluation framework. This case study concerns a university's academic outreach program with three local school districts. The program's objective is to increase the number of University of California eligible and specifically University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) admissible students from targeted local public schools. The authors helped develop and refine outreach staff's program theory. The evaluation procedures are described and results of the theory building process presented. [This article was produced by SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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