Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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What are the implications of evaluators’ evaluation anxiety to program evaluation accountability standards and reflective practice competencies?

Session Number: 3130
Track: Research on Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: competency, Evaluation anxiety, meta-evaluation, Program Evaluation Standards
Session Facilitator: Michael A. Harnar, 52478 [Assistant Professor - Western Michigan University]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Juna Z Snow [Principal - InnovatEd Consulting, LLC.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead [Assistant Professor - University of Connecticut ]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Lori Wingate [Director of Research - Western Michigan University]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Washington 2

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Submitting our work to systematic review and evaluation is an accountability standard of evaluation practice and reflective practice is an essential evaluation competency. Yet, in a recent study, the evaluators who had committed to provide access to project evaluation grey literature products did not participate as promised. In follow-up interviews, some indicated fear of being judged, which may have led to exhibiting evasion.  It is possible that evaluators who experience evaluation anxiety may be missing out on the important work of learning from, and putting into action, valuable insights gained by submitting one’s work to scrutiny. This Think Tank will ask breakout groups to explore this concept from the perspective of meta-evaluation and the evaluation standards and competencies, and answer questions such as: How is meta-evaluation being performed in the field? How might this affect the reputation of the discipline?  How are accountability standards being applied in the industry?



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