Rethinking evaluation’s intellectual silos

Michael Scriven has had us working our gray matter harder than usual this week trying to come up with a new ‘Copernican’ revolution for evaluation. The ensuing discussion has covered, among other things, the point that certain [‘Northern’ and especially ‘North American’] views of the world (and their accompanying assumptions, methodologies) have, historically, been treated as ‘the default’. Let’s try for a very southern hemisphere-flavored candidate for rethinking evaluation globally – the realization that the various different evaluation theories, approaches, models, and methodologies are not in fact ideologies to which one swears lifelong allegiance. Rather, some of the best genuine evaluations are the ones that ‘sample across the silos’ and combine approaches that were heretofore thought to be incompatible

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