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American Journal of Evaluation

American Journal of Evaluation

2017 Impact Factor: 1.339
2017 Ranking: 38/98 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product
Official Journal of the American Evaluation Association

George Julnes University of Baltimore, USA

eISSN: 15570878 | ISSN: 10982140 | Current volume: 39 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

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Each issue of the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) explores decisions and challenges related to conceptualizing, designing and conducting evaluations. AJE offers original, peer-reviewed, often highly cited articles about the methods, theory, ethics, politics, and practice of evaluation. AJE also provides essay-length reviews of books on a single topic or issue relevant to the theory and practice of evaluation and the role of evaluation in society.

AJE features broad, multidisciplinary perspectives on issues in evaluation relevant to education, public administration, behavioral sciences, human services, health sciences, sociology, criminology and other disciplines and professional practice fields.

Some of the critical subjects covered in recent and forthcoming issues include:

  • Advances in Evaluation Theory
  • Evaluation and complexity science
  • Evaluation and implementation science
  • Evaluation and systems thinking
  • Evaluation capacity building
  • Evaluation Ethics and Standards
  • Evaluation in international settings
  • Evaluation issues in a specific field of application
  • Meta-evaluation
  • Methods and Measurement in Evaluation
  • Teaching Evaluation
  • The Politics of Evaluation

The American Journal of Evaluation also features rotating special sections, such as

Ethics -- Explorations of ethical challenges faced by practitioners in their work with clients and stakeholders as well as ethical issues affecting the design, delivery, and evaluation of social interventions.

Exemplars -- Interviews with evaluators whose work illustrates the application of different models, theories, and principles.

Dialog -- Scholars offer opposing points of view to stimulate readers' thoughts on the topic in question.

Forum -- Provocative essays on philosophical, ethical, and practical matters in the profession of evaluation

Methods Notes -- Useful reports of new or improved evaluation methods, techniques, tools, products, and/or services.

Teaching Evaluation -- Articles that discuss evaluation teaching and training in diverse environments, including traditional academic settings, as well as K-12, corporate, government, non-profit, and community settings.

The Historical Record -- Illuminating analysis of important turning points within the profession, commentaries on historically significant evaluation works, and interviews with evaluation luminaries on historically noteworthy events and people.

Whether you are an academic, international or national agency employee, government researcher, non-profit employee, independent consultant or student, you will find something to help you meet your challenges in every issue of American Journal of Evaluation.

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The American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) publishes original papers about the methods, theory, practice, and findings of evaluation.  The general goal of AJE is to present the best work in and about evaluation, in order to improve the knowledge base and practice of its readers.  Because the field of evaluation is diverse, with different intellectual traditions, approaches to practice, and domains of application, the papers published in AJE will reflect this diversity.  Nevertheless, preference is given to papers that are likely to be of interest to a wide range of evaluators and that are written to be accessible to most readers.

Managing Editor
Rachael B. Lawrence University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Associate Editors
Jori N. Hall University of Georgia, USA
Sebastian Lemire University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Gregory Phillips II Northwestern University, USA
Justus Randolph Mercer University, USA
Book Reviews
Marc T. Braverman Oregon State University, USA
Economic Evaluation
A. Brooks Bowden North Carolina State University, USA
Ethics, Values, and Culture
Jill Anne Chouinard University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Fiona Cram Katoa, Ltd
Experimental Methodology
Laura R. Peck Abt Associates, USA
International Developments in Evaluation
Zenda Ofir Independent Evaluator
Deborah Rugg Claremont Evaluation Center
Method Notes
Tarek Azzam Claremont Graduate University, USA
Teaching and Learning of Evaluation
Anne Vo University of Southern California, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Mohammed Javad Ahmadi Afghanistan Ministry of Education, Afhghanistan
Eric Barela
Sharon Brisolara Shasta College, USA
Fred Carden RTI International
Chris Coryn Western Michigan University, USA
Lois-Ellin Datta Datta Analysis
Stewart I. Donaldson Claremont Graduate University, USA
Mariana Enriquez Independent Consultant
Amanda Greene National Institutes of Health
George Grob Center for Public Program Evaluation, USA
Melvin Hall Northern Arizona University, USA
Karen E. Kirkhart Syracuse University, USA
Joan LaFrance Mekinak Consulting, USA
Frances P. Lawrenz University of Minnesota, USA
Henry M. Levin Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Anna Madison University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Joseph A. Maxwell George Mason University, VA
Katharine McKnight Pearson Education, K-12 Solutions, USA
Rakesh Mohan Idaho State Legislature, USA
Kathryn E. Newcomer University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Michael Q. Patton Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Saint Paul, MN
Laura R. Peck Abt Associates, USA
Susan Philliber Philliber Research Associates, USA
Steven Pierce Michigan State University, USA
Hallie S. Preskill FSG Social Impact Advisors
Stephanie M. Reich University of California, Irvine, USA
Maurice Samuels MacArthur Foundation, USA
Saumitra SenGupta Behavioral Health Concepts, Inc.
Lyn M. Shulha Queen's University, Canada
Janet Usinger University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Rebecca H. Woodland University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Editors Emeriti
Melvin M. Mark Pennsylvania State University, USA
Robin L. Miller, PhD Michigan State University, USA
Sharon F. Rallis University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Thomas A. Schwandt University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Midge Smith The Evaluators' Institute, USA
Blaine R. Worthen Utah State University, USA
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  • Individuals interested in contributing to the Ethical Challenges, Exemplars, Teaching Evaluation, and Book Reviews sections should contact the relevant section editor (see Contribution Categories). All other manuscripts should be submitted to the SAGETRACK where authors will be required to set up an online account. If prospective contributors have questions or are uncertain about the appropriateness of possible submissions, they are welcome to contact the relevant section editor or Sharon F. Rallis at

    The purpose of the American Journal of Evaluation is to publish work that contributes to the development of evaluation theory, methods, and practice. To determine if a manuscript is relevant to our audience, authors should review the aims and scope of the journal.

    The AJE publishes the following types of unsolicited peer reviewed manuscripts:

    • Reports of research on evaluation
    • Critical literature reviews
    • Theory development papers
    • Developments in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
    • Reports on conceptual developments in approaches to practice
    • Evaluation history reports
    • Papers on teaching evaluation
    • Essays on key issues in evaluation theory, practice, methods, or ethics

    Manuscripts should not be right justified. Every element within the manuscript must be double-spaced, including tables and references, and must follow the style recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.; click here for APA style resources). All manuscripts must be submitted online following the instructions for submission at Author Center.

    Please follow the submission guidelines that are highlighted in our Submission Guidelines Document here.


    Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use material being borrowed or adapted from other sources, including previously published material of your own, along with complete details about the source. Any permissions fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the author(s) requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of Sage or American Evaluation Association. The documentation of permission should be included with the manuscript at the time of submission and uploaded as a supplementary file. For detailed information about permissions including what types of materials require permission, please refer to Sage's Permissions Guidelines.

    Ethical and Legal Considerations

    A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or a preliminary report), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, must not be published elsewhere, including on a website, in similar form, in any language, without the consent of Sage and American Evaluation Association. Each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the work to a significant extent. Although the editors and referees make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors, the publisher, or the American Evaluation Association.

    Time for Review, Decision, and Production

    The usual time from manuscript submission to the author's receipt of the editor's decision about publication is approximately 2 months. During that time, each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double-blind peer review by up to 5 reviewers, and review by the Editor or Associate Editor. The editor's possible decisions are (a) accept; (b) accept, with minor revisions; (c) major substantive revisions required (must be resubmitted for full review with no guarantee of acceptance); or (d) reject. Revised manuscripts are requested to be returned within 120 days. The time from acceptance to publication is dependent on many factors including the number and types of manuscripts awaiting publication, variations in time required for revisions, and ability of author(s) to provide all materials required for publication. All manuscripts are edited and copyedited before they are sent to the printer. The corresponding author receives page proofs for approval before publication. The Editor will keep authors informed of the projected date of publication.

    Regular membership in the American Evaluation Association is $80 annually ($50 for students) and includes a subscription to the American Journal of Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation. Membership dues and changes of address for members should be sent to: AEA, 16 Sconticut Neck Rd. #290, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Membership and other information is also available on the AEA Web site.

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    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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