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ERIC Number: EJ817595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Concurrent Meta-Evaluation: A Critique
Hanssen, Carl E.; Lawrenz, Frances; Dunet, Diane O.
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n4 p572-582 2008
Meta-evaluations reported in the literature, although rare, often have focused on retrospective assessment of completed evaluations. Conducting a meta-evaluation concurrently with the evaluation modifies this approach. This method provides the opportunity for the meta-evaluators to advise the evaluators and provides the basis for a summative judgment about the quality of the evaluation. The authors conducted a concurrent meta-evaluation of a new evaluation technique being developed by a federal governmental agency; the new evaluation technique was expected to be highly visible and widely applied. The differences between concurrent meta-evaluation and other meta-evaluations were continuous involvement, attendance at data collection events, and external verification of the evaluation data. The authors' experience conducting the concurrent meta-evaluation is described and challenges are discussed in this critique. The authors conclude that concurrent meta-evaluation holds promise for improving the practice of evaluation and of meta-evaluation. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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