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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Reflecting on the Past and Future of Evaluation by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Experts Reflect and Look Ahead

Six experts share their thoughts on how the evaluation field has changed in the past decade and consider what may be in store for the future.

Ask the Expert

Michael Scriven on the Differences Between Evaluation and Social Science Research

Michael Scriven, author of Evaluation Thesaurus, talks about how evaluation has evolved into a discipline distinct from social science research.

Promising Practices

Looking the Enemy in the Eye: Gazing Into the Mirror of Evaluation Practice

David Chavis outlines the "best of the worst" evaluator practices that impede building good relationships with evaluation consumers.

Promising Practices

A Decade of International Trends in Evaluation

Craig Russon of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation describes efforts to connect evaluation organizations around the world to form an international community.

Promising Practices

Using Narrative Methods to Link Program Evaluation and Organization Development

Charles McClintock, Dean of the Fielding Graduate Institute's School of Human and Organization Development, shows how narrative methods can aid program evaluation and organization development.

Questions & Answers

A Conversation With Ricardo Millett

Ricardo Millett from the Woods Fund of Chicago discusses how evaluators can build capacity by addressing issues of diversity and multiculturalism.

Beyond Basic Training

An Update on University-Based Evaluation Training

Molly Engle and James Altschuld reveal some recent trends in university-based evaluation training.

Book Review

The Success Case Method: Finding Out What Works

Tezeta Tulloch from Harvard Family Research Project reviews Robert Brinkerhoff's, The Success Case Method: Find Out Quickly What's Working and What's Not.


Evaluation Strategies to Support Policymaking in Learning Technology

Geneva Haertel and Barbara Means of SRI International suggest ways evaluators and policymakers can work together to produce “usable knowledge” of technology’s effects on learning.

Evaluations to Watch

Transforming School Culture Through the Arts

J. Curtis Jones from the Partnership for Whole School Change in Boston describes a performing arts intervention that integrates program concepts into its evaluation.

New & Noteworthy

A list of organizations and initiatives related to the issue's theme of Reflecting on the Past and Future of Evaluation.

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