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A Teaching Topic in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Perennial and Emerging Issues in Evaluation

This topic considers both longstanding and new issues in the field of evaluation. Specifically, students learn about the role of politics in this area, and to understand the differences between bureaucratic and political directives. Students also learn about why evaluators often encounter resistance to their efforts. Finally, this topic considers the question of where the field of evaluation is going in the years ahead.

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 15.

Alkin, Marvin C., Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences (2nd Edition). Los Angeles: Sage, 2013. Chapters 30 and 32.

Source: PADM 5420 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon, 30 June 2013

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