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Dean-Coffey, Jara – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
An increasing number of foundations are embracing racial equity/equity as a core value, and it is influencing how they see themselves and operate. However, evaluation has for the most part remained untouched. Knowing how race/racism has influenced both, philanthropy and evaluation, deepens our understanding of how philanthropic evaluation practice…
Descriptors: Race, Equal Education, Racial Bias, Private Financial Support
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Rosenberg, Steven A.; Elbaum, Batya; Rosenberg, Cordelia Robinson; Kellar-Guenther, Yvonne; McManus, Beth M. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
It is a matter of concern when large, federally funded programs are evaluated using designs that produce misleading information. In this article, we discuss problems associated with an evaluation design that was adopted by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to document the performance of a major early…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Developmental Delays, Program Evaluation, Special Education
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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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Montrosse-Moorhead, Bianca; Griffith, James C. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This article first makes a case for the need to establish evaluation reporting standards, support for which is rooted in the growing demand for professionalization, in the growing meta evaluation literature, and in growing efforts to develop reporting standards for inquiry efforts. Then, a case is made for a particular set of such standards…
Descriptors: Standard Setting, Evaluation, Accountability, Research Reports
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Abma, Tineke A.; Leyerzapf, Hannah; Landeweer, Elleke – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Responsive evaluation honors democratic and participatory values and intends to foster dialogues among stakeholders to include their voices and enhance mutual understandings. The question explored in this article is whether and how responsive evaluation can offer a platform for moral learning ("Bildung") in the interference zone between…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Psychiatry, Medical Services, Privacy
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Bundi, Pirmin – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
Research on evaluation has mainly focused on the use of evaluation and has given little attention to the origins of evaluation demand. In this article, I consider the question of why parliamentarians demand evaluations with parliamentary requests. Building on the literature of delegation, I use a principal-agent framework to explain the origins of…
Descriptors: Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Research, Accountability, Parliamentary Procedures
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Wandersman, Abraham; Alia, Kassandra; Cook, Brittany S.; Hsu, Lewis L.; Ramaswamy, Rohit – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
Many evaluations of programs tend to show few outcomes. One solution to this has been an increasing prominence of the movement that requires programs to implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs). But in a complex world with complex organizations and complex interventions, many challenges have arisen to the implementation of EBIs with fidelity…
Descriptors: Intervention, Evidence Based Practice, Accountability, Outcome Measures
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Owczarzak, Jill; Broaddus, Michelle; Pinkerton, Steven – American Journal of Evaluation, 2016
Evaluation has become expected within the nonprofit sector, including HIV prevention service delivery through community-based organizations (CBOs). While staff and directors at CBOs may acknowledge the potential contribution of evaluation data to the improvement of agency services, the results of evaluation are often used to demonstrate fiscal…
Descriptors: Accountability, Evidence Based Practice, Community Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations
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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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Wandersman, Abraham – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
The interest and effort in evaluation capacity building (ECB) continues to grow enormously among organizations, funders, and evaluators. Yet a research synthesis of the ECB literature (Labin, Duffy, Meyers, Wandersman, & Lesesne, 2012) revealed major limitations in the science and practice of ECB. This forum on ECB, which includes two past…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Capacity Building, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship
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Wandersman, Abraham – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
The Labin et al. logic model describes the why, how, what, and potential outcomes of evaluation capacity building (ECB). Getting To Outcomes offers a frame and empirical results for operationalizing the ECB logic model of Labin et al. and for deepening the science and practice of ECB.
Descriptors: Evaluation, Capacity Building, Methods, Accountability
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Gildemyn, Marie – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
In developing countries, an increasing number of civil society organizations (CSOs) engage in independent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of government programs and policies. Most CSOs rely on a range of M&E tools in combination with advocacy strategies to hold government accountable and improve the implementation of programs and policies.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, International Organizations, Health Insurance
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Ryan, Katherine E.; Gandha, Tysza; Culbertson, Michael J.; Carlson, Crystal – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
In evaluation and applied social research, focus groups may be used to gather different kinds of evidence (e.g., opinion, tacit knowledge). In this article, we argue that making focus group design choices explicitly in relation to the type of evidence required would enhance the empirical value and rigor associated with focus group utilization. We…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Research Methodology, Research Design, Educational Research
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Chouinard, Jill Anne – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
Evaluation occurs within a specific context and is influenced by the economic, political, historical, and social forces that shape that context. The culture of evaluation is thus very much embedded in the culture of accountability that currently prevails in public sector institutions, policies, and program. As such, our understanding of the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Public Sector, Participatory Research, Context Effect
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Datta, Lois-ellin – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
Jill Chouinard, in her article "The Case for Participatory Evaluation in an Era of Accountability" (this issue, p. 237), may be re-iterating what has often been claimed and arguably is infused already in much of our theory and practice: the value of participatory approaches in some, perhaps many situations. She summarizes these claims eloquently…
Descriptors: Accountability, Evaluation Methods, Reader Response, Evaluation Research
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