Evaluative Inquiry for Learning in Organizations / Edition 1

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Overview

How does evaluative inquiry contribute to organizational learning? How can we practice evaluative inquiry in ways that maximize individual and team learning? This book provides a data-based approach to organizational learning and change and focuses on the use of evaluative inquiry processes with organizations rather than across large-scale, multi-site programs. It contains four illustrative case studies, interview extracts, strategy plans and flow charts, diagrams and advice boxes that consultants can use for implementing their own training and development sessions.

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Editorial Reviews

Evaluation and Program Planning - Jean A. King

"I would encourage anyone with an interest in building the evaluation capacity of the organizations within which they work to carefully consider the content of this book."

Evaluation and Program Planning
"I would encourage anyone with an interest in building the evaluation capacity of the organizations within which they work to carefully consider the content of this book." — Jean A. King
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Provides a data-based approach to organizational learning and change, focusing on the use of evaluative inquiry processes within the organization rather than across large-scale, multisite programs. Illustrative cases demonstrate three phases of evaluative inquiry, from focusing the inquiry to developing action plans. Interviews with managers at four different types of organizations reveal how participants experienced these procedures. For evaluators, managers, consultants, and trainers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761904540
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/20/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Hallie Preskill, PhD. is a Managing Director with FSG, a global nonprofit strategy, evaluation, and research consulting firm (since 2009), and leads the firm’s Strategic Learning and Evaluation practice. In her role as a senior advisor, she works on a wide variety of evaluation and learning projects. Sample clients include the Kresge Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, Knight Foundation, The California Endowment, Missouri Foundation for Health, Norlien Foundation, Packard Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Blue Shield of CA Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has helped evaluate a wide range of initiatives and programs related to community information needs, substance abuse, early learning, poverty, arts and culture, teacher professional development, domestic and sexual violence, economic development, youth and education, and healthcare.

Prior to joining FSG, Hallie spent more than 20 years in academia, teaching graduate level courses in program evaluation, training design and development, organizational learning, appreciative inquiry and consulting. Her research has focused on evaluation capacity building, transfer of learning/training, evaluation use, and evaluation as a catalyst for individual, team, and organizational learning. Hallie’s other books include: Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry (2006, with T. Catsambas), Evaluation in Organizations: A Systematic Approach to Enhancing Learning, Performance & Change (2001, 2009, with D. Russ-Eft), Evaluation Strategies for Effective Strategies for Communicating and Reporting (2005, with R. T. Torres and M. Piontek), and Evaluative Inquiry for Learning in Organizations (1999, with R. T. Torres), and Becoming the Change: What One Organization Working To Transform Educational Systems Learned About Team Learning and Change (2011, with R. Babiera).

Hallie was the 2007 President of the American Evaluation Association. She received the American Evaluation Association's Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Professional Practice in 2002 and the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. Hallie holds a PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rosalie T. Torres, Ph.D. is President of Torres Consulting Group, an evaluation and management consulting firm that specializes in the feedback-based development of programs and organizations. Formerly, she was the Director of Research, Evaluation, and Organizational Learning at the Developmental Studies Center (DSC), an educational, nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. She earned her Ph.D. in research and evaluation in 1989 from the University of Illinois. Over the past 27 years, she has conducted more than 60 evaluations in education, business, health care, and nonprofit organizations, holding both internal and external evaluator positions. She has authored/coauthored numerous books and articles articulating practice-based theories of evaluation use; the relationship between evaluation and individual, team, and organizational learning; and communicating and reporting evaluation findings. Among them are Evaluative Inquiry for Learning in Organizations (Preskill & Torres, 1999) and Evaluation Strategies for Communicating and Reporting: Enhancing Learning in Organizations (Torres, Preskill, & Piontek, 1996). She is a recent past Board Member of the American Evaluation Association, and served as the Staff Director for the 1994 revision of the Joint Committee’s Program Evaluation Standards. She has taught graduate level research and evaluation courses at Western Michigan University and the University of Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs campuses), and routinely conducts workshops on various topics related to evaluation practice.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Evaluative Inquiry and Organizational Change
Learning in Organizations
Evaluative Inquiry Learning Processes
Focusing the Evaluative Inquiry
Carrying Out the Inquiry
Applying Learning
Building the Infrastructure for Evaluative Inquiry
The Practice of Evaluative Inquiry
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