I have developed a general framework for comparing different approaches to evaluation. The framework is based on seven aspects of an evaluation exercise.
Note February 2017. Click this link to see the framework; continue reading for an application of the framework to TE. Evaluation Model as a Concept
In this paper I describe those seven aspects of a particular approach to evaluating a transformational community development program that I call transformative evaluation (TE). I also contrast the TE description with the analogous aspects found in some other approaches to evaluation. There may be common features between approaches but I emphasize those features that set TE apart from other approaches.
My model for TE is not carved in stone. Each time I prepare it the result can differ in some aspects from previous presentations. But the seven elements of the framework remain constant. In April 2015 my summary of the model is:
Transformative evaluation examines transformational community development programs. The primary focus for TE is to facilitate deeper understanding of what really matters in community development, with emphasis on development programs as a vehicle for facilitating individual and social transformation from within a Christian worldview. Primary stakeholders, including representatives of faith groups in the community, participate with the evaluator in making major decisions throughout the exercise. The evaluation design and implementation are consistent with a constructivist paradigm for inquiry along with principles for thinking and acting holistically.
This file describes the TE model in detail. LINK: 78Evaluation Model for TE for evalFrank2 It may take several careful readings before you feel comfortable in summarizing the primary features of the model and contrasting them with other evaluation models.
This file is cited in the detailed file for the model. LINK: http://evalfrank.com/2014/11/frame-for-thinking-about-te/