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Svensson, Kate; Szijarto, Barbara; Milley, Peter; Cousins, J. Bradley – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
Social innovations (SIs) frequently bring previously unrelated actors, ideas, and practices together in new configurations with the goal of addressing social needs. However, the dizzying variety of definitions of SI and their dynamic, exploratory character raise dilemmas for evaluators tasked with their evaluations. This article is based on a…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Innovation, Evaluation Research, Comparative Analysis
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De Souza, Denise E. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
This article focuses on the design of a critical realist review that deployed Bhaskar's resolution, redescribing, retroduction, eliminating, identifying, and correcting schema and Pawson and Tilley's Context-Mechanism-Outcome configuration underpinned by realist social theory. Methodologically, the review examined the relationship between…
Descriptors: Realism, Social Theories, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices
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Dart, Jessica; Davies, Rick – American Journal of Evaluation, 2003
Describes the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique, a dialogical story-based technique that aims to facilitate program improvement by focusing the direction of work towards explicitly valued directions and away from less valued directions. Illustrates the use of MSC in an Australian case study. (SLD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change, Foreign Countries, Program Improvement