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Making the Case for Developmental Evaluation

Session Number: 1124
Track: Theories of Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Developmental Evaluation
Session Facilitator: Marcie Parkhurst [Associate Director - FSG]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jewlya Lynn [CEO - Spark Policy Institute]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Marah B Moore [Director - i2i Institute]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Keeley Stokes [Researcher - Spark Policy Institute]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Hallie Preskill [Managing Director - FSG]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (02:00 PM - 02:45 PM)
Room: Skyway 273

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

Thanks to the work of Michael Quinn Patton and others, the concept and practice of developmental evaluation (DE) has grown over the last few years. While there has been increasing awareness of, and interest in the topic, as evidenced by articles, presentations and discussions about DE, there is still confusion and uncertainty about what DE looks and feels like, in what contexts it can be most useful, and how it’s different from formative and summative evaluation. 

In this think tank we will engage participants in a set of discussions and experiences to surface a list of the top ten reasons developmental evaluation is important and different from other evaluation approaches, in addition to surfacing several examples of DE in practice. Our goal is to turn the results of this session into a tool that evaluators can use to build a case for developmental evaluation in conversations with nonprofits and foundations.

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