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House, Ernest R. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Racial framing can have strong effects on programs, policies, and even evaluations. Racial framing developed as a justification for the exploitation of minorities and has been a primary causal factor in the persistence of racism. By being aware of its pattern, structure, origins, and how racial framing generates effects, we can significantly…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Racial Bias, Racial Attitudes, Whites
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Groth Andersson, Signe; Denvall, Verner – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
In recent years, performance management (PM) has become a buzzword in public sector organizations. Well-functioning PM systems rely on valid performance data, but critics point out that conflicting rationale or logic among professional staff in recording information can undermine the quality of the data. Based on a case study of social service…
Descriptors: Performance, Social Services, Case Studies, Data Collection
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Westlund, Erik; Stuart, Elizabeth A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This article discusses the nonuse, misuse, and proper use of pilot studies in experimental evaluation research. The authors first show that there is little theoretical, practical, or empirical guidance available to researchers who seek to incorporate pilot studies into experimental evaluation research designs. The authors then discuss how pilot…
Descriptors: Use Studies, Pilot Projects, Evaluation Research, Experiments
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Paz-Ybarnegaray, Rodrigo; Douthwaite, Boru – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This article describes the development and use of a rapid evaluation approach to meet program accountability and learning requirements in a research for development program operating in five developing countries. The method identifies clusters of outcomes, both expected and unexpected, happening within areas of change. In a workshop, change agents…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Program Evaluation, Accountability, Developing Nations
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Hood, Stafford – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This article, based on the remarks delivered by the author at the Eleanor Chelimsky forum at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society annual conference in 2016, discusses Ambrose Caliver, an evaluator of color who worked for the federal government during segregation. Caliver's history is an important contribution to the evaluation tree. This…
Descriptors: African Americans, History, Evaluation, Evaluators
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Kokko, Suvi; Lagerkvist, Carl Johan – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Using a case example of an innovative sanitation solution in a slum setting, this study explores the usefulness of the Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique in a program planning and evaluation context. Using a qualitative image-based method to map people's mental models of ill-structured problems such as sanitation can aid program planners and…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Evaluation Methods, Sanitation, Slums
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Breidahl, Karen N.; Gjelstrup, Gunnar; Hansen, Hanne Foss; Hansen, Morten Balle – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Research on the evaluation of large-scale public-sector reforms is rare. This article sets out to fill that gap in the evaluation literature and argues that it is of vital importance since the impact of such reforms is considerable and they change the context in which evaluations of other and more delimited policy areas take place. In our…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Sector, Social Action, Evaluation
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Galport, Nicole; Azzam, Tarek – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
The systematic identification of evaluator competency training needs is crucial for the development of evaluators and the establishment of evaluation as a profession. Insight into essential competencies could help align training programs with field-specific needs, therefore clarifying expectations between evaluators, educators, and employers. This…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Educational Needs, Teacher Competencies, Achievement Need
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Gates, Emily; Dyson, Lisa – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Making causal claims is central to evaluation practice because we want to know the effects of a program, project, or policy. In the past decade, the conversation about establishing causal claims has become prominent (and problematic). In response to this changing conversation about causality, we argue that evaluators need to take up some new ways…
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Theories
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Thomas, Veronica G.; Parsons, Beverly A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
The authors of this article each bring a different theoretical background to their evaluation practice. The first author has a background of attention to culturally responsive evaluation (CRE), while the second author has a background of attention to systems theories and their application to evaluation. Both have had their own evolution of…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Alignment (Education)
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Becker, Karin L.; Renger, Ralph – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Reflective case narratives are a practical mechanism for conveying lessons learned for practice improvement. Their ability to transform experience into knowledge in a colloquial, narrative style positions reflective case narratives as a powerful learning tool with pedagogical benefits for the evaluation community. However, one criticism of…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Case Studies, Writing Strategies, Reflection
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Dahler-Larsen, Peter; Abma, Tineke; Bustelo, María; Irimia, Roxana; Kosunen, Sonja; Kravchuk, Iryna; Minina, Elena; Segerholm, Christina; Shiroma, Eneida; Stame, Nicoletta; Tshali, Charlie Kabanga – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
The issue of translatability is pressing in international evaluation, in global transfer of evaluative instruments, in comparative performance management, and in culturally responsive evaluation. Terms that are never fully understood, digested, or accepted may continue to influence issues, problems, and social interactions in and around and after…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Technology Transfer, Translation, Vocabulary
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Pouw, Nicky; Dietz, Ton; Bélemvire, Adame; de Groot, Dieneke; Millar, David; Obeng, Francis; Rijneveld, Wouter; Van der Geest, Kees; Vlaminck, Zjos; Zaal, Fred – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This article presents the principles and findings of developing a new participatory assessment of development (PADev) evaluation approach that was codesigned with Dutch nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and northern and southern research institutes over a period of 4 years in the context of rural development in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Although…
Descriptors: Intervention, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Methods, Nongovernmental Organizations
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Dillman, Lisa M.; Christie, Christina A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This study explores the relationship between evaluation policies and evaluation practice. Through document analysis, interviews, and a multiple case study, the research examined the explicit and implicit policies overarching the evaluation work commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and explored how these policies are…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, Case Studies, Policy
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King, Julian – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
As evaluators, we are often asked to determine whether policies and programs provide value for the resources invested. Addressing that question can be a quandary, and, in some cases, evaluators question whether cost-benefit analysis is fit for this purpose. With increased interest globally in social enterprise, impact investing, and social impact…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Economic Research, Cost Effectiveness, Resource Allocation
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