(23) Evaluation-Specific Methodology

Session Number: 23
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Michael Scriven [Claremont Graduate University]
Time: Oct 15, 2014 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Room: Capitol 4

Workshop Speaker Bios:

Michael Scriven is a leading evaluation theorist with decades of experience teaching graduate level courses and running workshops for AEA and other professional associations and organizations. Michael's workshops inspire deep and critical thinking about the fundamental issues that confront our profession.

Jane Davidson runs her own successful consulting practice, Real Evaluation Ltd, which offers evaluation workshops and professional development services. She has run successful workshops for AEA, AES, TEI, anzea, and UNISA, as well as numerous workshops tailored to specific organization's needs. Prior to returning home to New Zealand, Jane led and taught the core evaluation courses in Western Michigan University’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation.

Learning Outcomes: • The logical foundations of evaluation-specific methodology
• What the main types of evaluation-specific methodology are
• How to distinguish - and explain the difference - between research methods and genuine evaluation-specific methods
• How to apply the key elements of values methodology (i.e., identifying, defining, and measuring values)
• How to apply evaluative rubrics to draw explicitly evaluative conclusions
Prerequisites: Some experience in doing, using, or commissioning evaluation.
Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

Becoming skilled in the discipline of evaluation requires a clear grasp of the fundamental logic and methodology that forms its core. What is logically distinctive about evaluation is the reasoned combination of the values (e.g., needs, aspirations, ethical, and other relevant standards) with the performance data. As a profession, we have paid less attention to this than to the application and adaptation of qualitative and quantitative research methods. This is despite the fact that it is evaluation-specific methodology that far more often makes or breaks the validity and utility of evaluation. This workshop lays out the landscape of Evaluation-Specific Methodology, beginning with its logical foundations, and covering a range of methods, tools, and procedures that are specific to evaluation.