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The Expanding Scope of Evaluation Use: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 88

The Expanding Scope of Evaluation Use: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 88

Valerie J. Caracelli (Editor), Hallie Preskill (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-95433-8

Jan 2001, Jossey-Bass

98 pages

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This issue offers the latest thinking on the critical topic of evaluation use, including a new integrated theory of influence, a range of perspectives on evaluation use as learning, a discussion of a project combining different types of use, and more. The contributors detail a comprehensive theory of influence that provides a conceptual framework encompassing both process and results-based use, intended and unintended use, and episodic and instrumental use. They discuss evaluation use as a means for different types of individual, team and organizational learning, and analyze a case study of evaluation at a national, multi-site organization that combined process and results-based use. The issue also presents a critique arguing for social betterment, not use, as the goal of evaluation, and discusses certain key events that have influenced the direction of evaluation. This is the 88th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Evaluation.
1. Reconceptualizing Evaluation Use: An Integrated Theory of Influence Karen E. Kirkhart
2. The Learning Dimension of Evaluation Use Hallie Preskill, Rosalie T. Torres
3. Evaluative Inquiry in University-School Professional Learning Partnerships Lyn M. Shulha
4. Critical Inquiry and Use as Action Gretchen B. Rossman, Sharon F. Rallis
5. Perspectives on Evaluation Use and Demand by Users: The Case of City Year Belle Brett, Lynnae Hill-Mead, Stephanie Wu
6. Why Not Use? Gary T. Henry
7. Evaluation Use at the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century Valerie J. Caracelli