Dr. Michael Scriven–Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate School
Evaluation Cafe: September 11th, 2012
The usual trajectory of conceptual revolutions in science is that each replaces a prior view (the previous paradigm) with a radically different and more accurate one based on breakthrough research. The situation in evaluation was different: the first great paradigm shift—the doctrine of value-free science—involved rejecting all evaluative claims from the domain of scientific knowledge. The second shift returned them to respectability and provided the license for the current massive developments in ten sub-fields of professional evaluation e.g., program, product, and personnel evaluation. But the most exciting changes are still ahead, including upgrades to the status of (i) alpha discipline, (ii) applied science paradigm, and (iii) the big kahuna.
Link to handout: wmich.edu/evalctr/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Eval-Space.1-17-12.pdf
Link to view other Evaluation Cafés or to learn about upcoming Cafés: wmich.edu/evalctr/evaluation-cafe/
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the individual presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Evaluation Center or Western Michigan University.