The Practice-Theory Relationship in Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation. No. 97. J-B PE Single Issue (Program) Evaluation

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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EDITOR S NOTES (Christina A. Christie).

1. What Guides Evaluation? A Study of How Evaluation Practice Maps onto Evaluation Theory (Christina A. Christie)
The results of an empirical study are portrayed in a comparative twodimensional framework that describes the self–reported evaluation practices of eight evaluation theorists and then is also used to assess and describe the real–world practices of a sample of evaluation practitioners.

2. Important Questions, Intriguing Method, Incomplete Answers (Lois–ellin Datta)
The author triangulates Christie s findings with other research on the evaluation practice–theory relationship and offers additional methods and directions for future research on evaluation practice.

3. Fetterman–House: A Process Use Distinction and a Theory (David Fetterman)
The concept of process use is discussed as an important distinction between the evaluation theories of House and Fetterman, thus helping to explain Christie s discordant results for these two theorists.

4. Stakeholder Bias (Ernest R. House)
The nature of stakeholder participation in evaluation is analyzed. House s commi tment to involving all stakeholders to ensure that the interests of all are included is contrasted with other theorists preference to involve a few stakeholders more intensely.

5. The Challenge of Studying Evaluation Theory (Jean A. King)
This chapter discusses why evaluation as a field has not systematically studied its own theory, then examines the tensions between Lewin s often–cited claim that there is nothing so practical as a good theory and Fullan s response that there is nothing so theoretical as good practice.

6. Toward an Agenda for Research on Evaluation (Gary T. Henry, Melvin M. Mark)
Building on Christie s innovative work, the authors chart a future agenda for research on evaluation.

7. Evaluation Theory and Practice: Insights and New Directions (Marvin C. Alkin)
The chapter provides a synthesis of the critical commentary of each of the volume contributors.

8. Understanding Evaluation Theory and Its Role in Guiding Practice: Formal, Folk, and Otherwise (Christina A. Christie)
A final comment is presented on the role that evaluation theory plays in practice.


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