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ERIC Number: EJ916545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1556-8180
A Basis for Determining the Adequacy of Evaluation Designs
Sanders, James R.; Nafziger, Dean N.
Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, v7 n15 p44-78 Feb 2011
The purpose of this paper is to provide a basis for judging the adequacy of evaluation plans or, as they are commonly called, evaluation designs. The authors assume that using the procedures suggested in this paper to determine the adequacy of evaluation designs in advance of actually conducting evaluations will lead to better evaluation designs, better evaluations, and more useful evaluative information. This paper is divided into four general sections. First, some basic questions are considered--Why evaluate? Why does one need evaluation designs? Why does one need a basis for judging the adequacy of an evaluation design? Answers to these questions should serve to underscore the importance of providing a consistent basis for judging evaluation designs. Second, a checklist of basic considerations important in judging evaluation designs is presented. Each component of that checklist is briefly discussed within this section. Third, a sample design is presented, together with an example of how the checklist can be used in judging an evaluation design. Fourth, noted professional educators' thoughts about judging the adequacy of evaluation designs are presented. This fourth section is intended especially for the reader who would like additional background based upon current literature in the field. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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