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Norland, Emma – New Directions for Evaluation, 2005
This article examines the nuances of conducting evaluation of and in nonformal education programs and settings. The author examines a set of universal evaluation issues--evaluator role, stakeholder involvement, program theory, capacity building, strategy selection, and evaluation use--as they occur and interact within nonformal education…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Extension Education, Conservation Education, Program Evaluation
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Christensen, Laurene; Nielsen, Julie E.; Rogers, Christopher M.; Volkov, Boris – New Directions for Evaluation, 2005
Certain challenges are inherent in collecting data to evaluate nonformal education programs and settings. One challenge relates to the complexity of the educational system in which nonformal learning takes place. Separating the learning effects of a nonformal education program on participants from the effects of other essential elements of their…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Data Collection, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Monroe, Martha C.; Fleming, M. Lynette; Bowman, Ruth A.; Zimmer, Jeanne F.; Marcinkowski, Tom; Washburn, Julia; Mitchell, Nora J. – New Directions for Evaluation, 2005
The opportunity that evaluators have to be educators is well known. Patton emphatically states, "Every interaction with an evaluation client, participant, stakeholder, and user is a teaching opportunity." This article discusses two ways in which evaluators can help educate the staff of nonformal programs: helping them articulate the theory that…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Evaluation Methods, Program Evaluation, Nonformal Education
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Clavijo, Kate; Fleming, M. Lynette; Hoermann, Elizabeth F.; Toal, Stacie A.; Johnson, Kelli – New Directions for Evaluation, 2005
Decision makers in nonformal education programs can maximize the utility of their evaluation investment and improve program effectiveness by being more mindful of the potential uses of evaluation information. Evaluation use is a multifaceted construct that may include, but is not limited to, the implementation of evaluation recommendations or…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Wiltz, L. Kate – New Directions for Evaluation, 2005
As the field of program evaluation has evolved, there has been a proliferation of approaches to the craft, each with a different conceptualization of the role the evaluator plays in relation to the program, organization, and practitioners with whom he or she works. A few recent conceptualizations of evaluator role include that of a "critical…
Descriptors: Nonformal Education, Evaluators, Program Evaluation, Social Change