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Evaluation Model Framework for an Organization

An evaluation model framework is a set of guidelines for selecting or modifying an evaluation model. When an organization has such a framework, reasoned decisions can be made about which models are appropriate. Some elements of a model may not be consistent with the framework; those elements should be modified. Or parts of one model and parts of another model put together fit the framework better than either model.

This 2-page paper illustrates six topics to include in an evaluation framework… Constructing an Evaluation Framework

Two other post discuss evaluation frameworks and models.

http://evalfrank.com/2013/09/evaluation-models-or-approaches/… A review of the concept of an evaluation model, and a discussion of models with some similarities to transformative evaluation.

http://evalfrank.com/2015/04/evaluation-model-for-te/… A description of the features of transformative evaluation based on an evaluation model template.

Monitoring Evangelistic Intent

The primary aim of evangelistic intent in community development is to facilitate development thinking and activities that provoke the question to which the gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer. The attached file describes categories of standards and indicators for evangelistic intent.  I welcome questions, suggestions and challenges.

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Worldview indicators

The more reading I do about worldview, the more convinced I am that it is the most important knowledge to guide a Christian program evaluator.

Steve Wilkens and Mark L. Sanford, Hidden Worldviews, IVP Academic, 2009, describe a lived worldview as a group of answers to ultimate questions about reality (p. 209).

  • What is the nature of being? As a human being what is my purpose?
  • What is the nature of knowledge? How do we know anything? What is true knowledge?
  • What values are primary? How do values guide my everyday living? What is good; what is evil?

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Knowledge of the heart is primary

Note 9-20-2016. Paul describes transformational knowledge in 1 Corinthians 8:1-3. “The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” v.2-3.

“A humble self-knowledge is a surer way to God than a search after deep learning.” Thomas a Kempis. Knowledge that builds us up is knowledge that is rooted in love. Knowledge is a gift from God to be used for good and godly ends. Some theologians call this transformational knowledge; knowledge of self that leads to loving concern for others. End note.

This meditation on Colossians 2:1-8 describes three types of knowledge that are essential for planning and implementing TE: knowledge of the heart, knowledge of sin, and empirical knowledge of the world.  May you be blessed as you consider them.

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Evaluation Wheel for Transformative Evaluation

In another post I explain the purpose of an evaluation wheel and provide a wheel for participatory evaluation. Basically an evaluation wheel is a diagram for evaluating an evaluation experience.

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This post has a wheel for transformative evaluation.  Click here → TE evaluation wheel

I welcome all suggestions for improving the wheels.

Spiritual truth releases possibility

“Spiritual truth is learned by atmosphere, not by intellectual reasoning. God’s spirit alters the atmosphere of the way of looking at things, and things begin to be possible which never were possible before (Oswald Chambers, My utmost for his highest, 1935, 1963, p. 286).”

During any evaluation exercise we discern true conclusions supported by the evaluation evidence. Based on those conclusions we may recommend program changes for better effectiveness and efficiency. In transformative evaluation (TE) is our task now finished? Not unless we have prayerfully asked: What wonderful thing now appears possible through this program?

TE does not just report signs of individual and social transformation apparent from past program implementation. It looks toward the future to anticipate potential good that can emerge as God continues to work through this program. TE does not leave the program as it was when the evaluation exercise began. Some staff will see and hear different possibilities for encouraging transformation. Other stakeholders may consider new directions in their relationship with transformational development. Regardless, my prayer is that TE brings people closer to God.