ERIC Number: EJ817589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
A Commentary on "The Case of Top Beginnings and the Missing Child Outcomes"
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n4 p511-512 2008
It is familiar in the world of systems building that funders start out saying they are not particularly interested in attribution, only to later begin using words like "prove" and "impact." Boards begin by asking for intelligent reflection from the 30,000-foot level and then suddenly want to know how many more children are ready for school. Projects are littered with dense jargon and system-speak, which thus allow for anything to be a legitimate outcome. That very jargon creeps into even the evaluation reports and thus clouds and stretches the conclusions way beyond the data. In this article, the author suggests several things that teams can do before a Phase 2 evaluation takes place in their projects.
Descriptors: Systems Building, Program Evaluation, Reader Response, Evaluation Problems, Evaluation Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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