ERIC Number: EJ918993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Reflection on Four Multisite Evaluation Case Studies
Brandon, Paul R.
New Directions for Evaluation, n129 p87-95 Spr 2011
What do the findings of four National Science Foundation evaluation case studies suggest to an evaluation scholar who was not part of the research team that created them? This chapter carefully reviews the cases and summarizes their comparative findings. The four Beyond Use case studies add to the literature on levels of evaluation use, with the findings suggesting a level of involvement not surprising for multisite evaluations like these. Other results indicate that the levels of findings use were greater than the levels of stakeholder involvement reported and that a substantial portion of the use reported in the case studies was process use. Interpreting the reported relationships between stakeholder involvement and use must be done cautiously, but it remains true that showing a causal relationship between stakeholder participation in evaluation activities and the use of evaluation findings is as difficult in these case studies as it has been in most of the research on that relationship over the past 30 years. The chapter raises implications for both practice and research on multisite evaluations.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Reflection, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Utilization, Participation, Use Studies, Meta Analysis, Stakeholders, Role Perception, Evaluation Needs, Schematic Studies, Incidence
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