Evidence-based Principles to Guide Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation

By Brad Cousins, Lyn M. Shulla, Elizabeth Whitmore, Hind Al Hudib & Nathalie Gilbert.

Cousins, B., Shulla, L. M., Whitmore, E., Al Hudib, H. & Gilbert, N.,  (2015). Evidence-based principles to guide collaborative approaches to evaluation. CRECS Ten Minute Window, 3(4)

This video introduces a set of evidence-based principles to guide evaluation practice in contexts where evaluation knowledge is collaboratively produced by evaluators and stakeholders.

See the video on CRECS Youtube Channel.

Keywords: Evaluation, Research

About the Authors:

Dr. J. Bradley Cousins  is Professor Emeritus and Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa. Interests: Collaborative approaches to evaluation; evaluation use; evaluation capacity building.

Lyn M. Shulha is Professor Emerita, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Interests: Evaluation use; collaborative approaches to evaluation; student assessment.

Elizabeth Whitmore is Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, Carleton University. Interests: collaborative approaches to evaluation; gender issues in evaluation; social justice.

Hind Al Hudib is Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. Interests: Evaluation policy and organizational capacity for evaluation; collaborative approaches to evaluation.

Nathalie Gilbert is Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. Interests: Collaborative approaches to evaluation; evaluation in health systems; patient engagement.

 

Further Reading:

Cousins, J. B., & Whitmore, E. (1998). Framing participatory evaluation. In E. Whitmore (Ed.), Understanding and practicing participatory evaluation. New Directions in Evaluation, No. 80 (pp. 3-23). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Cousins, J. B., Whitmore, E., Shulha, L. M., Al Hudib, H., & Gilbert, N. (in press). How do evaluators differentiate successful from less-than-successful experiences with collaborative approaches to evaluation? Evaluation Review.

Cousins, J. B., Whitmore, E., & Shulha, L. M. (2014). Let there be light: Response to Fetterman et al. 2014. American Journal of Evaluation, 35(1), 149-153.

Shulha, L. M., Whitmore, E., Cousins, J. B., Gilbert, N., & Al Hudib, H. (in press). Introducing evidence-based principles to guide collaborative approaches to evaluation: Results of an empirical process. American Journal of Evaluation.

Acknowledgements:

The authors are grateful to the University of Ottawa for funding in support of this project. The opinions expressed herein are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsoring organization.

The authors wish to thank Alejandro Gomez for technical support and the staff at the Cove Country Inn, Westport, Ontario for their generosity.

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