Evaluation Of The Execution Of An Evaluation

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Program Evaluation Chapters 11 & 12

Warranting the execution of an evaluation is not practical reality for all programs, policies, organizations, as it is imperative for the evaluator to assess all factors. More specifically, “The temptation to evaluate everything may be compelling in an idealistic sense, but it ignores many practical realities” (Fitzpatrick, Sanders & Worthen, 2011, p. 259. Ones’ ability to identify appropriate opportunities requires essential skillsets, knowledge, and the ability to analyze each condition. In today’s society the primary drive behind an evaluation is due to a mandated funding source, thus seeking accountability regarding public funded programs (Fitzpatrick, Sanders & Worthen, 2011). Identifying the purpose of the evaluation is often times vague, requiring the evaluator to examine significant materials pertaining to the stakeholders, as well as properly identifying objectives and expectancies held by the stakeholders (Fitzpatrick, Sanders & Worthen, 2011). This process requests the evaluator to review the purpose of the program, the users, the program, program theory, relevant resources, and appropriate contextual issues. The evaluation process can have significant positive impacts on both the stakeholders and the evaluator, as communication, knowledge, and relationships are established. Thus, “Evaluation can also educate stakeholders, empowering them to become active in the evaluations, by helping them gain skills in questioning…
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