EVAL 6000: Foundations of Evaluation. Dr. Chris L. S. Coryn & Carl D. Westine September 23, 2010. Evaluation Theory and Logic. Like statistics, evaluation is a subject of amazingly many uses and yet few effective practitioners — Coryn (2009).
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EVAL 6000: Foundations of Evaluation
Dr. Chris L. S. Coryn & Carl D. Westine
September 23, 2010
A set of interrelated constructs, definitions, and propositions that present a systematic view of phenomena by specifying relations among variables, with the purpose of explaining and predicting phenomena
Not to be confused with natural or biological theories, phenomena, predictions, explanations, principles, or laws, among others
(Normative) Evaluation theories describe and prescribe what evaluators do or should do when conducting evaluations (and their anticipated consequences)
They specify such things as evaluation purposes, users and uses, who participates in the evaluation process and to what extent, general activities or strategies, methods choices, and roles and responsibilities of the evaluator, among others
Alkin & Christie (2004)
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