Multisite Evaluation Practice: Lessons and Reflections From Four Cases: New Directions for Evaluation, No 129

Multisite Evaluation Practice: Lessons and Reflections From Four Cases: New Directions for Evaluation, No 129


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ISBN-13: 9781118044490
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: J-B PE Single Issue (Program) Evaluation Series , #98
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jean A. King is a professional director of graduate studies in the Department of ORganizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota.

France Lawrenz is the Wallace Professor of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Educational Psychology and the associate vice president for research at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

EDITORS’ NOTES (Jean A. King, Frances Lawrenz).

1. The Upside of an Annual Survey in Light of Involvement andUse: Evaluating the Advanced Technological Education Program(Stacie A. Toal, Arlen R. Gullickson).

The first of four case descriptions highlights a large-scaleevaluation directed by external program evaluators and thesurprising effect of a required annual survey on project staff whocompleted it.

2. Compulsory Project-Level Involvement and the Use ofProgram-Level Evaluations: Evaluating the Local Systemic Change forTeacher Enhancement Program (Kelli Johnson, Iris R.Weiss).

The second case description, in which the program evaluationmandated project-level staff to participate in specific ways,details the relationship between project-level involvement in thecore evaluation and the use of that evaluation by project leadersand evaluators.

3. Tensions and Trade-Offs in Voluntary Involvement: Evaluatingthe Collaboratives for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (LijaO. Greenseid, Frances Lawrenz).

The third case description examines the tensions and trade-offsthat arose from attempting to balance voluntary involvement in theevaluation by project principal investigators and evaluators withthe need to collect complete and comparable data across sites.

4. The Effect of Technical Assistance on Involvement and Use:The Case of a Research, Evaluation, and Technical AssistanceProject (Denise Roseland, Boris B. Volkov, CatherineCallow-Heusser).

In contrast to the other case descriptions, the fourth documentsthe effects of direct technical assistance and professionaldevelopment and their results in terms of involvement and use.

5. Documenting the Impact of Multisite Evaluations on theScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Field (DeniseRoseland, Lija O. Greenseid, Boris B. Volkov, FrancesLawrenz).

With the four case evaluation projects used as examples, thischapter discusses the impact of specific evaluations on the broaderfield of science, technology, engineering, and mathematicseducation and evaluation.

6. The Role of Involvement and Use in Multisite Evaluations(Frances Lawrenz, Jean A. King, Ann Ooms).

This cross-case analysis of the four case studies identifiesboth unique details and common themes related to promoting the useand influence of multisite evaluations.

7. Reflecting on Multisite Evaluation Practice (Jean A. King,Patricia A. Ross, Catherine Callow-Heusser, Arlen R. Gullickson,Frances Lawrenz, Iris R. Weiss).

The four lead evaluators for the large-scale evaluationsincluded as case descriptions discuss their experiences and whatthey have learned about multisite evaluation practice.

8. Culture and Influence in Multisite Evaluation (Karen E.Kirkhart).

This chapter explores the basic premise that evaluationinfluence must be understood and studied as a cultural phenomenon,especially in the complex environments that characterize multisiteevaluation.

9. Reflection on Four Multisite Evaluation Case Studies (PaulR. Brandon).

What do the findings of the four evaluation case studies suggestto an evaluation scholar who was not part of the research team thatcreated them? This chapter reviews the cases and summarizes theircomparative findings.

10. Building a Community of Evaluation Practice Within aMultisite Program (Leslie K. Goodyear).

Using a programmatic example, this chapter articulates how theprovision of evaluation technical assistance to a large, multisiteprogram and its funded projects can contribute to evaluationuse.

11. Toward Better Research On—and ThinkingAbout—Evaluation Influence, Especially in MultisiteEvaluations (Melvin M. Mark).

The final chapter provides a review of the concepts ofevaluation use, influence, and influence pathways, then discussesapproaches and challenges to studying evaluation influence andinfluence pathways, including the special challenges of multisitesettings.


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