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ERIC Number: EJ792386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Multilevel Evaluation Process Use in Large-Scale Multisite Evaluation
Lawrenz, Frances; Huffman, Douglas; McGinnis, J. Randy
New Directions for Evaluation, n116 p75-85 Win 2007
In this article, the authors examine evaluation process use in a large multilevel, multisite core evaluation. This case highlights the nature of the evaluation processes of the Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (CETP) core evaluation in terms of four categories: (1) social processing; (2) engagement; (3) involvement; and (4) ongoing contact. The authors expand the typical view of process use by examining the direct impact of a centralized core evaluation process on site evaluators, and the indirect impact on nonevaluation-oriented participants in projects. It is a multilevel look at evaluation process use and, as might be expected, shows decreasing process use as level of participation becomes less direct. Insights into how the core evaluation stimulated use of evaluation processes from the perspectives of both the core evaluators and one of the stakeholders are provided. Various issues are explored by examining the types of participation in evaluation processes and the uses that resulted from this participation. This CETP core evaluation example presents a range of issues that may affect the complex phenomenon of evaluation process use. It highlights the need to better understand the factors that affect evaluation process use in the hope that evaluators can design and implement evaluations in such a way as to maximize evaluation process use. By viewing process use by both stakeholders and evaluators in a large multisite national core evaluation, the authors hope to extend thinking about the extent to which process use occurs in complex multisite situations, and more importantly, to help program evaluations promote more process use in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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