I did my first evaluation work in 1965 while a graduate student studying educational research design. My perspective was thoroughly quantitative.
Before finishing my dissertation I immersed myself in church renewal and social transformation. Ten years later I returned to graduate school at a different institution to study community education and community development, receiving the Ed.D. in 1980. In 1985 I joined the evaluation department at World Vision International, a Christian humanitarian NGO that does emergency relief, child advocacy and long-term development work in many countries. I soon discovered that qualitative evaluation approaches were more relevant for evaluating community development programs.
As colleagues challenged me to include issues related to spiritual development in the evaluation designs I began to develop the theory of transformative evaluation. A number of posts on this site are the results of prayerful study and reflection during evaluation engagements.
September 19, 2013