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ERIC Number: EJ794315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Cross-Disciplinarization: A New Talisman for Evaluation?
Jacob, Steve
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n2 p175-194 2008
Reflections on crossing disciplinary lines abound in the scientific community. Can cross-disciplinary approaches, with all their complexity and particularities, provide the way forward in the search for practical solutions to real-world problems? In this article, the author addresses how the debate on cross-disciplinarization pertains to the field of policy evaluation. Evaluation is appropriate terrain for such a discussion as this particular field of social science seeks to produce useful knowledge for both managers and policy makers. As such, the author offers a general account of the advantages and disadvantages of cross-disciplinary evaluation. Because evaluation requires close collaboration between individuals from different domains and backgrounds, the author further outlines the specific challenges that face the practitioner when conducting a cross-disciplinary evaluation. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada