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Karras-Jean Gilles, Juliana; Astuto, Jennifer; Gjicali, Kalina; Allen, LaRue – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Secondary data analysis was employed to scrutinize factors affecting sample retention in a randomized evaluation of an early childhood intervention. Retention was measured by whether data were collected at 3 points over 2 years. The participants were diverse, immigrant, and U.S.-born families of color from urban, low-income communities. We…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Intervention, Persistence, Recruitment
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Downes, Amia; Novicki, Emily; Howard, John – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Interest from Congress, executive branch leadership, and various other stakeholders for greater accountability in government continues to gain momentum today with government-wide efforts. However, measuring the impact of research programs has proven particularly difficult. Cause and effect linkages between research findings and changes to…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Evaluators, Research Projects, Outcome Measures
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Sussman, Joshua; Wilson, Mark R. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
We investigated the use and validity of standardized achievement tests for summative evaluation of 78 educational intervention projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) math and science education program. Investigators from 46 projects evaluated curricular interventions with standardized achievement tests as outcome measures.…
Descriptors: Test Use, Test Validity, Standardized Tests, Achievement Tests
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McAlindon, Kathryn; Neal, Jennifer Watling; Neal, Zachary P.; Mills, Kristen J.; Lawlor, Jennifer – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Despite growing interest in data visualization and graphically aided reporting, the evaluation literature could benefit from additional guidance on systematically integrating visual communication design and marketing into comprehensive communication strategies to improve data dissemination. This article describes the role of targeted communication…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Marketing, Graphic Arts, Technical Writing
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Grack Nelson, Amy; King, Jean A.; Lawrenz, Frances; Reich, Christine; Bequette, Marjorie; Pattison, Scott; Kunz Kollmann, Elizabeth; Illes, Molly; Cohn, Sarah; Iacovelli, Stephanie; Cardiel, Christopher L. B.; Ostgaard, Gayra; Goss, Juli; Beyer, Marta; Causey, Lauren; Sinkey, Anne; Francisco, Melanie – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
While evaluation capacity building (ECB) may hold promise for fostering evaluation, little is known about how it is operationalized within a network. This article presents initial findings from a National Science Foundation-funded research project (Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations) that used concepts from complex…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Networks, Evaluation Methods, Systems Approach
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Mason, Sarah; Azzam, Tarek – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
The connection between evaluation practice and its ultimate goal--social betterment--is indirect. With little or no direct control over social programs and policies, many evaluators rely on the actions of stakeholders to bridge the gap between evaluation practice and its purpose. Consequently, communicating with influence becomes key. The present…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Influences, Reader Response, Evaluators
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Szijarto, Barbara; Cousins, J. Bradley – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
This article reports findings from a research program exploring the role of mediation in an "adaptive learning" process through study of developmental evaluation (DE). Our study focuses on how mediators might influence the relationships between components of a social learning system and the implications for adaptive learning.…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Learning Processes, Socialization, Evaluation Methods
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DuBow, Wendy M.; Litzler, Elizabeth – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
In a complex, multisite initiative, a well-developed theory of change can help an organization's leadership make strategic decisions about program elements, organizational direction and priorities, as well as provide structure and accountability for evaluation. This article describes the multistep process used by the evaluation team of a large…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, National Programs, Nonprofit Organizations, Program Evaluation
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Pattyn, Valérie; Molenveld, Astrid; Befani, Barbara – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is gaining ground in evaluation circles, but the number of applications is still limited. In this article, we consider the challenges that can emerge during a QCA evaluation by drawing on our experience of conducting one in the field of development cooperation. For each stage of the evaluation process, we…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Program Evaluation
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Baldwin, Cheryl K.; Lander, Rachel – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
This case study examined the functional role activities of developmental evaluators in a school and community partnership employing a collaborative program model to improve an urban underperforming public school. Program implementers' assessments of program developments and their experience with developmental evaluators were also examined. Data…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Role, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education
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Litwok, Daniel; Peck, Laura R. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
In experimental evaluations of policy interventions, the so-called Bloom adjustment is commonly used to estimate the impact of the treatment on the treated. It does so by rescaling the estimated impact of the intention to treat--that is, the overall treatment-control group difference in outcomes for the entire experimental sample--by the…
Descriptors: Computation, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Evaluation, Scaling
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Moore, Marah; Parsons, Beverly; Jessup, Patricia – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
Evaluators are becoming increasingly aware that, to provide maximum benefit to the programs they evaluate, they must address the systems within which the programs work. However, evaluation practice is often influenced by beliefs and assumptions that are rooted in an understanding of these systems as stable and predictable. We identify four traps…
Descriptors: Evaluators, Systems Approach, Beliefs, Program Evaluation
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Boyce, Ayesha S.; McGowan, Brian L. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
As the field of evaluation continues to expand, so do evaluation course offerings. However, little is known about the backgrounds of evaluation educators, how they go about planning their courses, challenges experienced, or how they attain competency as teachers. This study offers an initial understanding of novice evaluation educators' experience…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Evaluation, Teaching Experience, Curriculum Development
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Caldwell, Leon D.; Bledsoe, Katrina L. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
This article questions whether social justice can live within the structural racism present in the field of evaluation. Structural racism refers to the totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, media, health care, and criminal…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Racial Bias, Educational Assessment, Evaluators
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Picciotto, Robert – American Journal of Evaluation, 2019
The adversary evaluation model emerged in a context that favored democratic debate. It was successfully used in a variety of sectors following its inception, but it was abandoned once neo-liberal thinking and goal achievement approaches became dominant. It is time to give it a second chance. The judicial evaluation model (JEM) relies on human…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Models, Democracy, Justice
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