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 the development of “Evaluation” through the lens of evolutionary biology. There are two related issues: 1) intellectual traditions, and 2) people’s affiliation as “evaluators”. Continue reading “Using an evolutionary biology view to connect the intellectual development of evaluation and the development of the evaluation community”
We (Joanne Farley, Tarek Azzam and I) have been musing about whether evaluation as practiced by the members of AEA is framed within too narrow range of political and social ideologies. We suspect that it may be, and that as a result, evaluators miss important elements of program theory, metrics, and methodology. Continue reading “Ideology in evaluation. Help designing devising a scenario for AEA 2011”
How does political ideology affect program theories, methodologies, and metrics? Continue reading “Surprise in Evaluation: Values and Valuing as Expressed in Political Ideology, Program Theory, Metrics, and Methodology (AEA 2011 – Think Tank Proposal)”
I’m sending this email to people who either expressed interest in participating the session or in helping to design it. Welcome fellow partners in crime and trouble makers! The purpose of this message is to get some discussion going to help set up the session. Here is what I have in mind. We can change it and shape it as the discussion evolves.
Theme of Panel
The basic them is how political ideology affects metrics and methodology. To give a simple example of both.
I want to spark a discussion of what evaluation might look like if it were practiced by people who were working from different ideological frameworks. It has been difficult for me to frame this post because my own politics are distinctly medium rare, and I don’t have the imagination needed to think deeply from other points of view. Still, I think that there are three reasons why this is an important exercise for the members of AEA.