This book clarifies what EA actually is and how it can be used, demonstrates EA as an approach to evaluative inquiry with multidisciplinary and global appeal, and identifies and describes the purposes and benefits to using EA. Using case examples contributed by EA practitioners, the text illustrates important features of EA use, and showcases how EA is used in a variety of disciplines and evaluation contexts. This text is appropriate as an instructional text for graduate level evaluation courses and training, and as a resource for evaluation practitioners, policymakers, funding agencies, and professional training.
Dr. Mike Trevisan has been conducting educational research and evaluation for 28 years. He is currently Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Educational Psychology at Washington State University where he has worked for 20 years. Dr. Trevisan is widely published in the fields of evaluation and assessment. Dr. Trevisan is Associate Director for the Learning, Performance Research Center at Washington State University. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on many grants and contracts that require evaluation, and has obtained more than $8 million in external funding. Dr. Trevisan has conducted numerous EAs and contributed to EAs as a consultant. He has taught courses in evaluation, research methods, measurement, and statistics. Dr. Trevisan obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in measurement, statistics, and evaluation from the University of Washington in 1990. Dr. Tamara Walser is Director of Assessment and Evaluation and Associate Professor of Educational Research and Leadership in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Previously, Dr. Walser worked in non-profit and for-profit organizations as a program evaluator and assessment specialist; and as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Washington State University. She has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Lead Evaluator on numerous grants and contracts focused on evaluation. She has authored/co-authored publications on evaluation and assessment, as well as evaluation guidebooks and resources; has presented on evaluation topics nationally and internationally; and is a former President of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education, a state affiliate of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Walser has taught courses in program evaluation, assessment, research methods, and statistics. She obtained her Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation from Utah State University in 2000.
PREFACE 1. The Evaluability Assessment Story 2. Evaluability Assessment and Program Evaluation 3. Introducing Our Evaluability Assessment Model 4. Focusing the Evaluability Assessment 5. Developing an Initial Program Theory 6. Gathering Feedback on Program Theory 7. Using the Evaluability Assessment 8. Additional Considerations