Michael Scriven on the Evaluation Train you boarded

Taken by Jane Davidson, October 2013, AEA

“Guys, you all got on a train and you didn’t check the destination. You just checked the question of what it was first going to get to, which was program eval, and then there were little hamlets along the way, like personnel eval and so on. But actually, this train is going to follow what the definition of evaluation is in the dictionary because that’s what it chose to call itself. And I have news for you. It’s got some pretty remarkable places where it’s going to stop and you are going to have to show your pass. …”

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Self evaluation in complex organizations – including universities

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What are complex organizations doing right when it comes to evaluation, and where are they missing opportunities to apply their own best practices in other areas?

Saville Kushner keynoting at AES 2013

There is much that universities (and other organizations) do right, particularly in some of their intradisciplinary

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The Friday Funny: Intradisciplinary evaluation of scientific papers

One of Michael Scriven’s comments in the Rethinking all of evaluation discussion described “a Copernican revolution in the perceived status of evaluation” – something Michael has referred to elsewhere as ‘intradisciplinary’ evaluation. It seemed apt for our Friday Funny this week to recycle a gem posted on EVALTALK 6 years ago (original authorship unknown) … A Guide to the Terminology of Scientific Papers

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