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Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation

Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation
Principles in Use

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296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Editor J. Bradley Cousins and colleagues meet the needs of evaluators seeking to implement collaborative and participatory approaches to evaluation in Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation: Principles in Use. Using a multi-phase empirical process to develop and validate a set of principles to guide collaborative approaches to evaluation, the book outlines the principles that the team developed, and then provides case studies of how these principles have been applied in practice. The case studies draw on programs globally in education, health, and community development. The book is an invaluable supplementary text for program evaluation courses where students’ projects are focused on more collaborative and participatory approaches, and it is an essential resource for practicing evaluators and those who commission program evaluations.

Editor's Introduction
Editorial Board Members
About the Editor
Part One: Introduction
J. Cousins, Lyn Shulha, Elizabeth Whitmore, Hind Al Hudib, Nathalie Gilbert
Chapter 1: Situating Evidence-based Principles to Guide Practice in Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation (CAE)
Part Two: Field Studies
Juan Sanz, Esteban Tapella, Andrea Meneses
Chapter 2: Participatory Evaluation of Cancer Prevention and Care Services: A Case Study from Valle de la Estrella, Costa Rica
Michelle Searle, Lori Kirkpatrick, Rachael Smyth, Michela Paolini, Heather Brown
Chapter 3: Collaboration in the Evaluation of Educational Technology Initiatives in Southwestern Ontario
Barbara Rosenstein, Judith Zamir
Chapter 4: Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Formative Evaluation of an Educational Excellence Program for Bedouin Pupils in Israel
Oriana Eversole
Chapter 5: Toward a Better Understanding of Evaluation Use and Collaborative Approaches: A Case Study of a School Improvement Program Evaluation
Hector Nunez, Xavier Ucar
Chapter 6: Roles and Functions of the Community Manager within the Framework of Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation: Community Development Plan Case Analysis
Kevin Harris, Steven Henderson, Andrew Adams
Chapter 7: Building Capacity in Practitioner Realist Evaluation through CAE Principles
Ricardo Ramirez, Dal Brodhead
Chapter 8: Developing Evaluation and Communication Capacity in Development Research Contexts: How do CAE Principles Align?
Jill Anne Chouinard, Samuel Cavanaugh, Adeyemo Adetogun, Kathy Baker
Chapter 9: Assessing the Pedagogical Value of CAE Principles in Graduate Evaluation Education
Part Three: Integration
J. Bradley Cousins
Chapter 10: CAE Principles: What Have We Learned?

“Cousins and his contributors systematically distill and hone evidence-based principles through lived experiences that otherwise stand alone. It is an invaluable reminder of the richness that can only emerge from participatory evaluation research.”

Nancy Stutts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Key features


  • Introductions for the overarching structure of each “Part” of the book (intro, field studies, integration) provides guidance to help readers decide how deeply to immerse in sections.
  • Chapter overviews and abstracts help readers grasp the essential contribution of the chapter and serve as an advance organizer.
  • Reference citations within chapters enables instructors to use the chapters as stand-alone readings.
  • Questions for reflection facilitate knowledge consolidation at the individual level through reflection and at the group level for discussion.
  • Series editors' preface and editor's preface help orient readers and situate the book in the larger field.


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ISBN: 9781544344645