Category Archives: Evaluation as a Discipline and a Profession

Evaluation as Social Technology

here are three main aspects to the argument about to be developed. First, there are crucial differences between scientific and technological models of knowledge development. Second, these differences have profound implications for the practical value of research. Third, evaluation is far more of a technological than a scientific pursuit. Continue reading

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Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: What is Diversity?

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … Continue reading

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Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: AEA as an Evolving Organism

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … Continue reading

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Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on how to Make AEA, and Evaluation, Relevant in the Future: Evolution, Diversity and Change from the Middle

Common Introduction to all Three Parts I have been thinking about what will happen to AEA, and to evaluation, in the future. I can conjure scenarios where AEA and evaluation thrive, and I can imagine scenarios where they whither. What … Continue reading

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Ideological diversity in Evaluation. We don’t have it, and we do need it

Evaluation cannot serve the social good without a wider range of ideological points of view informing its theory and practice. Continue reading

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Using an evolutionary biology view to connect the intellectual development of evaluation and the development of the evaluation community

This post is an update to a post I did some time ago. I am adding to  it based on some conversations I recently had at the annual meeting of the Canadian Evaluation Society. The topic I’m dealing with is … Continue reading

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Ideology in evaluation. Help designing devising a scenario for AEA 2011

We have been musing about whether evaluation as practiced by the members of AEA is framed within too narrow range of political and social ideologies. Continue reading

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