Effective Evaluation: Improving the Usefulness of Evaluation Results Through Responsive and Naturalistic Approaches
Although mandated for many federally and state supported programs, evaluations are often more a matter of ritual than result. Evaluations fail ... Show synopsis Although mandated for many federally and state supported programs, evaluations are often more a matter of ritual than result. Evaluations fail because their findings are statistical but not practical. The authors offer a new model of evaluation that combines two emerging streams of thought: responsive evaluation and naturalistic methodologies. In effect, the information provided relates to the needs of a particular audience and grows out of situations at hand rather than predetermined design. "One of the clearest and most forceful statements about the so-called naturalistic approaches to evaluation. Drawing upon methodology from the fields of ethnography, anthropology, and sociology, the authors have developed a model that provides both theoretically sound and highly practical advice to evaluators and consumers of evaluation information".-- Choice.