Carl D. Westine, Graduate Research Associate Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation Program (IDPE)
Western Michigan University
Evaluation Center: November 3rd, 2009
The thirty standards set forth by The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) in The Program Evaluation Standards (PES), 2nd Edition (JCSEE, 1994) form the basis for a checklist to be used for metaevaluation (Stufflebeam, 1999). However, identifying overlaps across the standards should simplify the metaevaluation process. Through a systematic content analysis, we can learn what the PES reveals about the overlapping nature of the standards. In most standards, specific references of up to ten standards are stated in the textual overview, guidelines, and common errors sections of the PES. Further references across standards not explicitly stated are also documented. Incongruence in references across standards implies a dependency relationship exists. Moreover, the PES functional table of contents outlines further dependency relationships between the standards. Documenting well-defined dependency relationships has implications for how the standards could be differentially weighted in a condensed and efficient instrument to facilitate metaevaluation.