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