Mission Statement: Evaluation and Society is a new series of single-authored manuscripts and edited volumes which contribute to a dialogue about critical issues in the social impact and moral-political consequences of evaluation and other social research practices. Volumes in the series will explore new methodologies and new theoretical treatments of issues related to the fit of evaluation and social research to society - e.g., knowledge production and use, the responsibility of the social scientist, the public role of social research, agendas for social change - across a broad range of content areas, theoretical orientations, and empirical instances. The series will particularly promote interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives on evaluation and social praxis. The series is aimed at a broad readership of scholars and graduate students in evaluation, policy analysis, and social science who are interested in exploring the links between social research, social life, and moral-political discourse.
TENTATIVE CONTENTS: PART I: NEW PROSPECTS FOR EVALUATION. Chapter 1: Evaluation: The Need for a New Approach. Chapter 2: Deliberative Democratic Evaluation. PART II: COMMUNICATIVE EVALUATION. Chapter 3: Communicative Evaluation: Revelation, Anticipation and Communication Chapter 4: Theoretical Background. PART III COMMUNICATIVE EVALUATION IN ACTION (CASES). Chapter 5: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Teacher Education in Finland. Chapter 6: Evaluation in Organizations: Self-evaluation and Action Research. Chapter 7: Communicative Evaluation in ICT Environments. PART IV: FUTURE SCENARIOS FOR COMMUNICATIVE EVALUATION. Chapter 8: Organizational Evaluation. Chapter 9: National Programs. Chapter 10: International Programs. Chapter 11: Virtual Environments. Chapter 12: Preparing for Communication and Partnership: Skills for Partners in Communicative Evaluation.