Promoting Value in the Public Interest: Informing Policies for Judging Value in Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 133
1. Managing Valuation 3
This chapter introduces challenges in valuing, identifies variations in current practice, and lays the groundwork for managing the use of context-appropriate valuing methodologies.
2. The Logic of Valuing 17
The author distinguishes between the logic of valuing and the logic of evaluation, and explicates the details of the logic of valuing.
3. The Evaluator's Role in Valuing: Who and With Whom 29
Marvin C. Alkin, Anne T. Vo, Christina A. Christie
The authors consider the multiple theoretic perspectives that govern an evaluator's behavior and present a typology of evaluator valuing roles.
4. Step Arounds for Common Pitfalls When Valuing Resources Used Versus Resources Produced 43
Brian T. Yates
This chapter describes how the value of a program can be understood not only as outcomes, but also how those outcomes compare to the types and amounts of resources expended to produce the outcomes.
5. The Role of Context in Valuing Federal Programs 53
The author draws upon her experience at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), and provides insight into issues involved in deciding how to evaluate a federal program or policy.
6. When One Must Go: The Canadian Experience With Strategic Review and Judging Program Value 65
This chapter reviews the Canadian experiment with assessing the worth of public programs and policies and using the resulting value judgments to drive funding decisions.
7. Valuing, Evaluation Methods, and the Politicization of the Evaluation Process 77
The author develops the idea that what we are talking about when we talk about valuing is methodology.
8. Valuation and the American Evaluation Association: Helping 100 Flowers Bloom, or at Least Be Understood? 85
This chapter uses the American Evaluation Association as an example, explores challenges encountered when organizations tackle publicsector valuation, and offers tentative recommendations for addressing those challenges.
9. Evaluators in a World of Valuators 91
George F. Grob
The author describes the work of evaluators in policy and program contexts in which everyone must make value judgments.
10. Contextual Pragmatics of Valuing 97
Michael Quinn Patton
This chapter highlights how the issue authors emphasize contextual sensitivity and adaptability in the valuing process.
11. Developing Policies to Support Valuing in the Public Interest 109
This chapter develops a pragmatic framework that organizes multiple paradigms of valuing with implications for policies for guiding contextappropriate method choice for valuing in the public interest.