SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Barrados, M., & Blain, J. S. (2013). Improving program results through the use of predictive operational performance indicators: A Canadian case study. American Journal of Evaluation, 34, 45–56.

In line with the textbook authors, the researchers in this article make the argument that an effective way to develop timely and reliable program results feedback is to combine in-depth periodic program evaluations along with ongoing operational performance measurements. This case study utilized annual operational performance statistics developed by the Public Service Commission of Canada to examine an integrated system of ongoing operational performance data collection and periodic evaluations.

Journal Article 2: Brousselle, A., & Buregeya, J. (2018). Theory-based evaluations: Framing the existence of a new theory in evaluation and the rise of the 5th generation. Evaluation, 24, 153–168.

Use of evaluation theory was listed as one of the criteria for high quality evaluations by the Australasian Evaluation Society’s (2013a). This article analyzes the ontological, epistemological, and methodological foundations of various theory-based approaches in evaluation to appraise their similarities and differences. The authors propose a new generation of evaluation with the underlying foundation of critical realism.

Journal Article 3: Fetterman, D., Rodríguez-Campos, L., Wandersman, A., & O’Sullivan, R. G. (2013). Collaborative, participatory, and empowerment evaluation: Building a strong conceptual foundation for stakeholder involvement approaches to evaluation (A response to Cousins, Whitmore, and Shulha, 2013). American Journal of Evaluation, 35, 144–148.

Ch. 11 discusses the ongoing debate regarding the extent to which program managers and other program stakeholders should be involved in program evaluation and performance measurement. This article offers a framework for defining, compartmentalizing, and differentiating among stakeholder involvement in evaluations.