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Caldwell, Leon D.; Bledsoe, Katrina L. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
This article questions whether social justice can live within the structural racism present in the field of evaluation. Structural racism refers to the totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care, and criminal…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Racial Bias, Educational Assessment, Evaluators
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Greenwald, Howard P.; Zukoski, Ann P. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
This essay addresses challenges in evaluating collaboration by examining two distinct approaches to its measurement. Evaluators frequently assess collaboration on the basis of relationships, climate, and expectations (RCE), and, less often, via extent of collaboration (EC). RCE measures are based on perceptions by coalition members regarding…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Measurement, Cooperation, Evaluation Methods
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Namey, Emily; Guest, Greg; McKenna, Kevin; Chen, Mario – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
Evaluators often use qualitative research methods, yet there is little evidence on the comparative cost-effectiveness of the two most commonly employed qualitative methods--in-depth interviews (IDIs) and focus groups (FGs). We performed an inductive thematic analysis of data from 40 IDIs and 40 FGs on the health-seeking behaviors of African…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Campbell, Bernadette; Mark, Melvin M. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2015
Evaluation theories can be tested in various ways. One approach, the experimental analogue study, is described and illustrated in this article. The approach is presented as a method worthy to use in the pursuit of what Alkin and others have called descriptive evaluation theory. Drawing on analogue studies conducted by the first author, we…
Descriptors: Evaluation Research, Research Methodology, Stakeholders, Theories
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Mueller, Christoph Emanuel; Gaus, Hansjoerg – American Journal of Evaluation, 2015
In this article, we test an alternative approach to creating a counterfactual basis for estimating individual and average treatment effects. Instead of using control/comparison groups or before-measures, the so-called Counterfactual as Self-Estimated by Program Participants (CSEPP) relies on program participants' self-estimations of their own…
Descriptors: Intervention, Research Design, Research Methodology, Program Evaluation
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Greenwald, Howard P. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
This article synthesizes interview data from evaluation directors and top executives of philanthropic foundations on how evaluation might better advance their missions. In key informant interviews, respondents commented on the purposes of evaluation from the foundation's perspective, challenges to effective evaluation, and the means by which…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Administrator Attitudes, Interviews, Evaluation Utilization
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Holvoet, Nathalie; Dewachter, Sara – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
National Evaluation Societies (NES) are situated at the intersection between Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) supply and demand. To date, little research has explored NES and their potential for strengthening national M&E. This study addresses this gap, examining perceived NES performance relevant to organizational and policy-oriented goals…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, National Organizations, Professional Associations