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Froncek, Benjamin; Rohmann, Anette – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Practical-participatory evaluation is often considered an effective approach to enhancing evaluation use. Despite this generally positive connotation, potential negative effects of participatory evaluation have also been discussed in the literature but never empirically investigated before. Drawing upon the social--psychological procedural justice…
Descriptors: Participation, Evaluation, Stakeholders, Justice
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Brewington, Quincy L.; Hall, Jori N. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
Social justice--oriented evaluation approaches are described as participatory, culturally and contextually responsive, and self-empowering. These evaluation approaches call for the genuine participation of stakeholders for sound evaluations, particularly those outside of decision-making and service providing. Similarly, hip-hop is commonly…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Music, Cultural Context, Cultural Relevance
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Raudenbush, Stephen W.; Bloom, Howard S. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2015
The present article provides a synthesis of the conceptual and statistical issues involved in using multisite randomized trials to learn about and from a distribution of heterogeneous program impacts across individuals and/or program sites. Learning "about" such a distribution involves estimating its mean value, detecting and quantifying…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Randomized Controlled Trials, Statistical Distributions, Computation
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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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Clinton, Janet – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
There is a growing call for evaluation capacity building (ECB); although the area currently lacks a rich research base, there are few robust methods and practice through which to define it. The argument in this article is that the impact of evaluation is mediated by program stakeholders' engagement in evaluation activities. This mediation provides…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Capacity Building, Stakeholders, Participation
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Campbell, Rebecca; Greeson, Megan R.; Fehler-Cabral, Giannina – American Journal of Evaluation, 2014
This article describes the process by which we created a recruitment protocol for engaging adolescent sexual assault victims in a qualitative evaluation study. Working in collaboration with forensic nurses, rape victim advocates, adolescent rape survivors, and our institutional review board (IRB), we created a prospective recruitment method…
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Recruitment, Trauma, Adolescents
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Wharton, Tracy; Alexander, Neil – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
This article describes lessons learned about implementing evaluations in hospital settings. In order to overcome the methodological dilemmas inherent in this environment, we used a practical participatory evaluation (P-PE) strategy to engage as many stakeholders as possible in the process of evaluating a clinical demonstration project.…
Descriptors: Hospitals, Demonstration Programs, Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Cavino, Hayley Marama – American Journal of Evaluation, 2013
This essay engages questions of evaluator role and indigenous peoples participation in evaluation within colonial and decolonization contexts. Specifically, I critique the Western emphasis on cultural competence and contrast the utility of "mainstream" evaluation approaches alongside three indigenous inquiry models (Te Kotahitanga,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders
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Ong-Dean, Colin; Hofstetter, Carolyn Huie; Strick, Betsy R. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2011
In the contentious debate over the use of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in education research, little attention has been given to how methodological issues arise and/or are resolved in the implementation of random assignment. Following a review of the methodological-theoretical literature on RCTs and alternative research designs, this article…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Methodology, Researchers, Data Analysis
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Cullen, Anne E.; Coryn, Chris L. S.; Rugh, Jim – American Journal of Evaluation, 2011
Participatory evaluation approaches have a relatively long history of advocacy and application in the international development evaluation community. Despite widespread use and apparent resonance with practitioners and donors alike, very little empirical research exists on why and how participatory evaluation approaches are used in international…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Politics, Participation, Evaluation Methods
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Johnson, Kelli; Greenseid, Lija O.; Toal, Stacie A.; King, Jean A.; Lawrenz, Frances; Volkov, Boris – American Journal of Evaluation, 2009
This paper reviews empirical research on the use of evaluation from 1986 to 2005 using Cousins and Leithwood's 1986 framework for categorizing empirical studies of evaluation use conducted since that time. The literature review located 41 empirical studies of evaluation use conducted between 1986 and 2005 that met minimum quality standards. The…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Program Evaluation, Classification, Stakeholders
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Toal, Stacie A. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2009
Evaluation researchers and practitioners acknowledge that involving stakeholders in the planning and implementation of an evaluation increases buy-in, understanding, and use. With the recent increase in multi-site evaluations of large federal programs, evaluators must think differently about how to encourage meaningful collaboration by…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Stakeholders
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Daigneault, Pierre-Marc; Jacob, Steve – American Journal of Evaluation, 2009
While participatory evaluation (PE) constitutes an important trend in the field of evaluation, its ontology has not been systematically analyzed. As a result, the concept of PE is ambiguous and inadequately theorized. Furthermore, no existing instrument accurately measures stakeholder participation. First, this article attempts to overcome these…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Evaluation Methods, Participation, Test Construction
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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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McDonald, Katherine E.; Myrick, Shannon E. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2008
The client of a student evaluation team has requested that the evaluators provide confidential identifying information gathered in the course of the evaluation. Here, the authors consider their response to the client's request. Specifically, they draw from professional principles developed to guide ethical decision making for evaluators and…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Ethics
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