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A Teaching Topic in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Framing the Theories of Evaluation

This topic introduces students to the major schools of thought concerning public sector evaluation work. This topic examines the methods, uses, and values of the various schools of thought in evaluation.  Finally, students are introduced to competing ideas about the appropriate role of the evaluator in the policy process.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5420): 

Mertens, Donna M., and Wilson, Amy T., Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A Comprehensive Guide. New York: The Guilford Press, 2012. Chapter 2.

Alkin, Marvin C., Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences (2nd Edition). Los Angeles: Sage, 2013. Chapter 2.

Source: PADM 5420 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon, 30 June 2013


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