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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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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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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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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