ERIC Number: EJ792694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
A Proposal to Build Evaluation Capacity at the Bunche-Da Vinci Learning Partnership Academy
King, Jean A.
New Directions for Evaluation, n106 p85-97 Sum 2005
The author describes potential evaluation capacity-building activities in contrast to the specifics of an evaluation design. Her response to the case of the Bunche-Da Vinci Learning Partnership Academy is developed in three parts: (1) an initial framing of the Bunche-Da Vinci situation; (2) what should be done before signing a contract; and (3) how to begin the project, realizing that it would evolve. Initial framing of the situation requires distinguishing among three types of knowledge: (1) knowledge of program content; (2) knowledge of program evaluation in general; and (3) evaluation content knowledge. Before signing an evaluation contract, reconnoitering and negotiating should be conducted. Once an agreement is in place, the writer suggests five key activities to help develop a culture of evaluation and increase evaluation capacity: (1) creating an evaluation advisory group; (2) beginning to build a formal evaluation infrastructure; (3) making sense of test scores; (4) conducting one highly visible participatory inquiry; and (5) instituting action research activities.
Descriptors: Evaluators, Program Evaluation, Action Research, Program Content, Evaluation Methods, Research Design, Knowledge Level, Advisory Committees, Negotiation Agreements, Educational Research, Urban Schools, Cooperative Planning, Elementary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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