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ERIC Number: EJ884311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
On Ambition, Learning, and Co-Evolution: Building Evaluation as a Field
Sridharan, Sanjeev; De Silva, Soma
American Journal of Evaluation, v31 n2 p246-251 2010
The papers in this dialogue help develop evaluation as a field (both in South Asia and other regions). What comes through in all of the papers is both humility of where evaluation is as a field and imagination and ambition of where evaluators could be in the near future. Reading the papers in this forum makes them enthusiastic about being evaluators. The papers are a testament to the need for ambition about the field--it is probably time to move beyond narrow debates on projects and program evaluation to larger questions of how evaluations can contribute toward development and perhaps more generally social betterment. The papers collectively focus on the importance of learning from prior capacity building experiments and adventures. The papers in this forum serve to celebrate the tremendous opportunities that exist in South Asia to translate this aspiration into "real capacity" that serves the goals of development and social betterment. The authors' view is that this task of translating the vision into practice will take focused ambition, a culture of learning, and an openness to create multiple systems of feedback in learning between the West and South Asia. They summarize and reinforce how the many points in these papers address the "evaluation gap" discussed by Carden. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia