Solving complex evaluation environments with competing stakeholder needs
Responding to Sponsors and Stakeholders in Complex Evaluation Environments: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 95 provides in–depth guidance on answering the question: "For whom are we doing this evaluation, anyway?". The answer may be more complex that it appears, and right and wrong answers may actually overlap. This book identifies the challenges of complex evaluation environments, and shows you how to meet the multiple often competing needs of everyone involved. From difficulties in context and authorization to initiatives and legislation, this book provides insight every evaluation organization needs.
1. Program Evaluation in a Challenging Authorizing Environment: Intergovernmental and Interorganizational Factors (Kimberly A. Fredericks, Joanne G. Carman, Thomas A. Birkland).
2. Evaluation Across an Intergovernmental Context: IssuesRaised Through Different Perspectives on Even Start (Susan Boser).
3. Building Local Program Evaluation Capacity Toward a Comprehensive Evaluation (Hao Tang, David W. Cowling, Kristi Koumjian, April Roeseler, Jon Lloyd,Todd Rogers).
4. Community–Based Organizations and State Initiatives: TheNegotiation Process of Program Evaluation (Bianca L. Guzman, Aida Feria).
5. Program Evaluation in State Legislatures: ProfessionalServices Delivered in a Complex, Competitive Environment (Frances S. Berry, John W. Turcotte, Sarah C. Latham).
6. Addressing Sponsor and Stakeholder Needs in the Evaluation Authorizing Environment: Trends and Implications (David J. Bernstein, Maria D. Whitsett, Rakesh Mohan).
RAKESH MOHAN is a staff member of the Washington State Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. He is current chair of the State and Local Government Topical Interest Group of the AEA.
DAVID J. BERNSTEIN is the administrative coordinator for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Finance. He is former chair of the State and Local Government Topical Interest Group of the AEA, a member of the board of directors of the American Society for Public Administration Center for Accountability and Performance, and adjunct professor of public administration at The George Washington University.
MARIA D. WHITSETT is the chief accountability officer for the Austin Independent School District, Texas. She is former chair of the State and Local Government Topical Interest Group of the AEA.