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ERIC Number: EJ846456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Reflections on the Dilemmas of Conducting Environmental Evaluations
Preskill, Hallie
New Directions for Evaluation, n122 p97-103 Sum 2009
The chapters in this volume set a rich context for understanding the challenges that environmental evaluators face in their everyday work. In particular, the authors highlight the need for responsive, contextual, flexible, adaptive, multidisciplinary, and mixed-methods evaluation approaches. In this chapter, I reinforce their call and further suggest that they (1) increase their attention to developing logic models based on their theories of change, (2) continue exploring the use of complexity theory to ground their evaluations, and (3) consider reframing some evaluations to being strength- and asset-based, where vibrancy, resiliency, and rebirth can be studied. Finally, in response to the authors' concern for their own development, I comment on the possibilities for evaluation capacity building and the formation of networks and communities of practice.
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Language: English
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