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Samuels, Maurice; Ryan, Katherine – American Journal of Evaluation, 2011
The emergence of and the attention given to culture in the evaluation field over the last decade has created a heightened awareness of and need for evaluators to understand the complexity and multidimensionality of evaluations within multicultural, multiracial, and cross-cultural contexts. In this article, the authors discuss how cultural…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Culture, Cultural Relevance, Inquiry
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Janssens, Frans J. G.; de Wolf, Inge F. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2009
This article demonstrates the value of theoretical ex-ante evaluation of policy programs. We show how a specific policy might not achieve its objectives and illustrate the elements of the policy, which need improvement. These conclusions are based on a reconstruction and evaluation of the theory behind a policy program that aims to increase…
Descriptors: Productivity, Governance, Educational Change, Quality Control
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Huffman, Douglas; Thomas, Kelli; Lawrenz, Frances – American Journal of Evaluation, 2008
The purpose of this article is to describe a new collaborative immersion approach for developing evaluation capacity that was used in kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) schools and to place this new approach on a continuum of existing capacity-building methods. The continuum extends from individualistic training-oriented methods to collaborative…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Accountability, Cooperation
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Yeh, Stuart S. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2007
Comparisons of student achievement effect sizes suggest that systems in which student performance in math and reading is rapidly assessed between 2 and 5 times per week are 4 times as effective as a 10% increase in per pupil expenditure, 6 times as effective as voucher programs, 64 times as effective as charter schools, and 6 times as effective as…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Effect Size