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ERIC Number: EJ922692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Aspects of Successful Evaluation Practice at an Established Private Evaluation Firm
Brandon, Paul R.; Smith, Nick L.; Hwalek, Melanie
American Journal of Evaluation, v32 n2 p295-307 Jun 2011
This article is third in a series of exemplary cases under the two current section editors. The first two cases (Brandon, Smith, Trenholm, & Devaney, 2010; Smith, Brandon, Lawton, & Krohn-Ching, 2010) profiled evaluations that had been designated as exemplary by professional associations. The present case profiles an evaluation organization: Social Program Evaluators and Consultants, Inc., which goes by the name of SPEC Associates. This Exemplars case reflects the authors' intent, stated in their editorial statement, "to broaden the nature of evaluation practice to be examined in this section to include not only discrete studies but also such forms of evaluation practice as long-term consulting arrangements" (Brandon & Smith, 2010, p. 252). Their focus is on the lessons learned by SPEC's seasoned Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Melanie Hwalek, about the key aspects of evaluation work that account for successful evaluation practice at a private firm. They use three evaluations identified by Dr. Hwalek as illustrative of SPEC's evaluation practices to highlight these aspects of SPEC's work. These evaluations are intended to help enlighten readers about aspects of SPEC and its evaluation practice, as well as the contextual characteristics that typically contribute to or hinder the design and conduct of SPEC's evaluations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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