Doing bad evaluation is easy. In other words, evaluation is not a simple discipline. Real life evaluation is sometimes too different from evaluation theory, due to many reasons. Knowing that, we still think that there are certain common mistakes that we should prevent ourselves from making. We have done and seen enough of them. So we wanted to list them to inspire better evaluation practice. And also we included the “antidotes” for those.
Good evaluation is not simple, but it is feasible!
Please let us know if we forgot any important one, or if you don’t agree with any of them.
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New Directions for Evaluation. Special Issue: Mixed Methods and Credibility of Evidence in Evaluation. Summer 2013. Volume 2013, Issue 138 Pages 1–119 Issue edited by: Donna M. Mertens, Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Jennifer Greene EVALUATION, DEMOCRACY, AND SOCIAL CHANGE 5 Shaw-3369-Chapter-05.qxd (Sage Handbook of evaluation?)
Donna M. Mertens, The Transformative Prism: Resilience and Social Justice in Mixed Methods Research. Gallaudet University First International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign May 2005]]>
What if you could all the evaluation field gathered in an only place?
What if you could hang it on the wall so it reminds you how rich and wide the evaluation discipline is?
Many people consider the London Underground Map designed by Harry Beck to be a modern design classic. Famed for its clarity and ease-of-use, his work has inspired hundreds of transport maps around the world.
To celebrate the idea of good design in evaluation, we decided to make our own version of the Tube Map. Building on work by John Galantini to reproduce the Tube Map in CSS, we have replaced all of the station names with evaluation-related methods, approaches and tools. Different tube lines represent different clusters of evaluation knowledge (such as software, philosophies or organisations).
EvalMap shows the incredible scope of the evaluation space. We wonder, how many of us have really visited more than just a handful of stations on this map? How often do we use same approach to evaluation, even when there are so many possibilities for us to discover.
We hope that EvalMap inspires you to go on your own evaluation journey! You can explore the mini version below, or visit the full map at evalmap.impactready.org.]]>