Justifying conclusions in naturalistic evaluations: A practical perspective

Naturalistic approaches to program evaluation generate multiple interpretations and possible conclusions, but lack inherent guidance on how to choose among or reconcile them. A practical frame of reference for addressing this challenge emphasizes criteria of utility and credibility, as well as an evaluation process that is participatory and openly value-pluralistic. This paper discusses the logic of justification underlying such a practical perspective.
Author: 
Greene,Jennifer C.
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
325
End Page: 
333
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Evaluation and Program Planning
Volume: 
10
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 
Describes a number of approaches to program evaluation that emphasize utility, credibility, and participatory process. Evaluation methods and evaluator roles are discussed.
Topic Areas: 
Evaluation
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
859
Publication Date: 
1987