Journal article

The whole elephant: Defining evaluation

Amy M Gullickson

EVALUATION AND PROGRAM PLANNING | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Definitions help us understand the characteristics of an object or phenomenon and are a necessary precursor to understanding what a good version of it looks like. Evaluation as a field has resisted a common definition (Crane, 1988; Morell & Flaherty, 1978; M. F. Smith, 1999), which has implications for marketing, training, practice, and quality assurance. In this position paper, I describe the benefits and challenges of not having a clear, agreed-upon definition, then propose and explore the implications of two definitions for the evaluation profession based on values and valuation as the core of evaluation practice. The purpose is to describe a possible way forward through definition that w..

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Grants

Awarded by Melbourne Graduate School of Education


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this article was provided by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education under the conference travel grant scheme and the Research Development Award [grant number 01-4600-06-xxxx-000319-RDQ-12-01].