Mike Trevisan—Professor and Director, Assessment and Evaluation Center, Washington State University & Visiting Scholar, The Evaluation Center, WMU
Evaluation Center: February 27, 2007
An appraisal of the state of practice of evaluability assessment (EA) as represented in the archived literature will be presented. Twenty studies were located, representing a variety of programs, disciplines, and settings. Most studies employed common EA methodologies, such as document reviews, site visits, and interviews. Other methodologies such as expert testimony and examination of program statistics were also found in the literature. The main purpose for conducting EA mentioned in these studies was to determine whether or not a program was ready for full evaluation. Outcomes included the construction of a program logic model, program development, and or modification. The findings suggest that EA may be employed more widely than previously thought. Recommendations to enhance EA practice are offered.
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