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Leading Change Through Evaluation

Leading Change Through Evaluation
Improvement Science in Action

October 2021 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Evaluators who are interested in developing or improving a program or policy frequently look to formative evaluation as a guiding framework.This book shows why those hoping to use evaluation to drive change in complex systems, rather than develop or improve one program, policy, or product, need to shift from the oversimplified idea of formative evaluation to a more specified continuous improvement model grounded in improvement science. In doing so, author Kristen L. Rohanna provides guidance to both evaluators and others, such as K-12 educators or hospital administrators, who lead improvement initiatives in their organizations and seek to solve persistent problems of practice. The book includes an extended case study: a networked improvement community of five public middle and high schools. 

Part 1: Seeking Change in a Complex World
Chapter 1: What Do We Mean By Formative Evaluation?
Chapter 2: The Truth About Complex Systems
Part 2: The Case Study
Chapter 3: The Beginnings of a Network
Chapter 4: The Re-launch
Chapter 5: A Tale of Two Visions: Building Individual Capacity
Chapter 6: The Importance of Being Structured: Building Organizational Capacity
Chapter 7: Not All Learning is Created Equal: Fostering Transformational Organizational Learning
Chapter 8: Lessons and Reflections from a Case Study
Appendix: Case Study Methods

This is a very well-written, well-researched, practical text for future researchers.

Bret D. Cormier
Southeast Missouri State University

This book is an intimate, honest and real-world introduction to the use of formative evaluation practices for continuous improvement in a school system. The author’s first-hand account provides actionable tools as well as demonstration of their application in practice. The book is both theoretical and applied, which makes it a useful handbook for those who are engaged in continuous improvement of complex systems.

Dasha Shamrova
Wichita State University

This text teaches change processes through an overarching case example, which makes the concepts more accessible and understandable as students see how things are actually applied.

John B. Stark
California State University, Bakersfield

This book provides an insightful journey from improvement science through complex system change. The case study presented allows readers to reflect on their own journeys in evaluation and change within the complex systems that we often dismiss.

Wesley Wilson
Excalibur Education Group

This text uses real-life examples to apply theory and emphasize the important role of continuous improvement in public and nonprofit programs.

Ryan Yeung
Hunter College
Key features
  • Provides the necessary background for understanding the concepts of persistent problems, formative evaluation, continuous improvement and improvement science, and complexity science and systems thinking.
  • Offers an empirical case study as an example of evaluation in practice.

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ISBN: 9781071847862