Second Installment: AEA’s Potential to Serve the Public Good

I just read all the candidates’ statements on AEA’s 2022 election ballot. It got me to thinking a bit more about my  previous blog post: AEA’s Potential to Serve the Public Good. Five notions ended up mingling:          facts, ·        democracy, ·        social justice, ·        stakeholder diversity, and ·        James Madison’s 1788 opinion about factions. … Continue reading Second Installment: AEA’s Potential to Serve the Public Good

Evaluation use by people opposed to the program

Recently I posted a message to Evaltalk about a story in the NY Times that dealt with the Administration’s plan to cut funding for teenage pregnancy prevention programs: Programs That Fight Teenage Pregnancy Are at Risk of Being Cut. (Evaltalk is an American Evaluation Association’s listserv.) That message led to an interesting back and forth, … Continue reading Evaluation use by people opposed to the program

Are Policy Makers, Program Designers and Managers Doing a Good Job if they Rely Too Much on Evaluation?

We  like to complain about evaluation use. People in my business (me included) like to lament the lack of attention that people pay to evaluation. If only we did a better job if identifying stakeholders. If only we could do a better job of engaging them. If only we understood their needs better. If only … Continue reading Are Policy Makers, Program Designers and Managers Doing a Good Job if they Rely Too Much on Evaluation?

Some Musings on Evaluation Use in the Current Political Context

This blog is my effort to consolidate and organize some back and forth I have been having about evaluation use. It was spurred by a piece on NPR about the Administration’s position on an after school program. (Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Funding For Major After-School Program.) In large measure the piece dealt with whether the … Continue reading Some Musings on Evaluation Use in the Current Political Context