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ERIC Number: EJ922691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 165
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
A Systematic Review of Theory-Driven Evaluation Practice from 1990 to 2009
Coryn, Chris L. S.; Noakes, Lindsay A.; Westine, Carl D.; Schroter, Daniela C.
American Journal of Evaluation, v32 n2 p199-226 Jun 2011
Although the general conceptual basis appeared far earlier, theory-driven evaluation came to prominence only a few decades ago with the appearance of Chen's 1990 book "Theory-Driven Evaluations." Since that time, the approach has attracted many supporters as well as detractors. In this paper, 45 cases of theory-driven evaluations, published over a twenty-year period, are systematically examined to ascertain how closely theory-driven evaluation practices comport with the key tenants of theory-driven evaluation as described and prescribed by prominent theoretical writers. Evidence derived from this review to repudiate or substantiate many of the claims put forth both by critics of and advocates for theory-driven forms of evaluation are presented and an agenda for future research on the approach is recommended. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables, and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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