Note July 24, 2015. Donna Mertens has developed Transformative Research and Evaluation to promote social justice. There are critical differences between her approach and the approach discussed on this site. Search “Mertens” for references to her work here.
This site is a forum for program evaluators that seek to have their Christian faith guide their monitoring and evaluation work. Recent posts are listed at the bottom of this page. The 100+ posts are organized by the list of categories in the right pane.
This is a place to discuss dilemmas that arise between your belief about what God wants you to do and what you have learned about being a professional evaluator. There will be discussions about conflicts between the Christian worldview and the science worldview.
There will be discussions about getting and interpreting trustworthy information about individual and social transformation that occurs in community development (TD) programs.
For a number of years I have been developing a theory of transformative evaluation (TE), which is program evaluation of TD programs. See this post for an overview: http://evalfrank.com/2016/11/transformative-evaluation-overview-6-slide-shows/
I will be seeking critical reviews of various aspects of the emerging theory. I will be happy to advise you in applying TE principles in your situation; send a brief description by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to begin a conversation.
All comments that will enhance discussion topics on this site are welcome. There is an expectation that comments will be spoken in Christian love.
Blessings, Frank; January 28, 2014
Reflection on Psalm 127:1-2; 09 JAN 2015
If God does not develop the theory of TE through me, I am writing posts that are insignificant.
If God is not working actively in TD through project facilitators, the facilitators may as well abandon their projects.
Being driven to write evaluation theory is useless, unless I rest in God’s grace.