Two things that make or break the quality and value of evaluation are:
Evaluation-savvy clients Capable evaluators who know their ‘space’
#3: Professional evaluation associations with focus!
The vast majority of professional evaluation associations around the world are relatively new, having formed only in the past decade or less.
Read the whole post –> Lifting the quality of evaluation #3: Evaluation associations with focus
So you’ve put out an RFP for an evaluation of a policy, program or initiative intended to serve and effect positive change in a “minority” community. All the proposals look terribly impressive, and they all include “cultural experts” on the evaluation team. How can you distinguish the proposals that show a clear understanding of what it takes to do effective and culturally responsive evaluations from those that merely pay ‘lip service’ to cultural competence?
Read the whole post –> How to spot a ‘lip service’ approach to culturally responsive evaluation (a checklist for evaluation clients)
One great area of interest for me is the study of organizational culture and organizational culture change. I’d like to present a few ideas from that area and see how they apply to the concept of culture more generally. And, how these insights might be able to drive us closer to genuine evaluation. What mix of ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ can provide rich insights into what really matters and help surface important undiscussables?
Read the whole post –> Culture – insiders’ and outsiders’ insights – and genuine evaluation
When evaluations turn out to be major disappointments, there’s often a pervasive assumption that it is ALL the evaluator’s fault. In my view, at least as much responsibility rests on the client side. I have seen entire “evaluation” reports with absolutely no evaluation questions, and sometimes with not even a research question in sight! Where on earth was the client when the discussions were being had about what they needed to know?
Read the whole post –> Who’s responsible for non-genuine evaluation?