Monthly Archives: September 2013

Clarify working logic that supports conclusions

The attached paper describes the concept of working logic. This is the logic evaluators use to support conclusions. Applying the concepts in the paper will strengthen your evaluation reporting.  I illustrate the various elements of working logic by inviting you to consider some evaluation questions for transformational development. I welcome additional illustrations and comments.

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Have you read these books?

The essence of program evaluation involves sound reasoning about the linkages between good evidence and good conclusions. Internalizing the material in these books will provide a basic evaluative mindset grounded in sound reasoning regarding transformational development. Then you can read any text on evaluation theory and methods to increase your knowledge about evaluation within a Christian worldview. Or you can review evaluation texts you have read from a more holistic perspective.

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Reasoning in evaluation

Reasoning involves thinking through how pieces of information logically support an idea. More formally, reasoning is the process of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.

The quality of an evaluation is directly related to the quality of the evaluator’s reasoning skills. This brief post describes five areas where many of us could improve our reasoning skills. It is based on Rog (1995); read the article for more information. Continue reading

Evaluation models or approaches

Professional evaluation literature includes much wisdom for the Christian evaluator. I have developed a secular framework for comparing different evaluation approaches described in the literature. Perhaps it will be useful to you as you broaden your knowledge of evaluation approaches. Click this link → Evaluation Model as a Concept

I have identified several approaches that I think are most helpful for a transformative approach to evaluation: responsive evaluation, deliberative democratic evaluation, constructivist evaluation, and utilization focused evaluation. Continue reading

Evaluation as Discernment of Truth

A most difficult challenge facing the Christian program evaluator is reconciling truth as defined in scripture with truth as defined by secular evaluators. The way you answer this challenge will greatly influence the way you plan and implement program evaluations.

In this brief paper I show my answer to this challenge by analyzing my original secular definition of program evaluation years ago from a scriptural perspective. Let’s talk!

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Frame for a Christian worldview

The Christian approach to any field of knowledge needs to be both critical and constructive: “we must identify and critique the dominant intellectual idols, and then construct biblically based alternatives (Pearcey, 2005, p. 42).” Take heed, Christian evaluators, and take action!

Pearcey describes a frame for building a Christian worldview (Pearcey, 2005, pp. 44-49). The frame is based on three turning points in biblical history plus the way forward. This post introduces the frame that is guiding my development of a theory for transformative evaluation.  Click here →  WorldviewFrame

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Representing the focus of an evaluation

There are two different emphases in program evaluation. One is to demonstrate accountability for achieving goals on time within budget. The other is to document learning about program theory and program implementation.

This paper describes a focus diagram that can be used with stakeholders to negotiate the relative emphasis on accountability and learning with the resources available for the evaluation. The diagram can also be used to show similarities and differences between different approaches to evaluation.

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