Evaluability perspectives: An empirical investigation of programme evaluability in different practice contexts

African Evaluation Journal

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Title Evaluability perspectives: An empirical investigation of programme evaluability in different practice contexts
Creator Boodhoo, Adiilah Louw-Potgieter, Joha
Subject Programme Evaluation; Evaluability; Evaluability Assessment; Q Sort evaluability perspectives; evaluability assessments; evaluation context; cross-border evaluation; Q-sort method
Description Background: The empirical literature on programme evaluability is sparse and little is known about how evaluators operationalise prescriptive articulations of evaluability.Objectives: In this study, we explore inductively and comparatively how evaluators practising in different contexts (i.e. high-income or middle-income countries, with or without mature evaluation cultures) operationalise programme evaluability.Method: We administered the Q-sort method to a geographically dispersed expert sample and systematically identified evaluability perspectives that are unique to and shared across different evaluator cohorts. Valid responses from evaluators recruited from the United States of America (USA) (n = 86), the United Kingdom (n = 26), Brazil (n =79) and South Africa (n = 38) were analysed using Q factor analysis.Results: Four empirically distinct perspectives could be characterised meaningfully, two of which (labelled as theory-driven and utilisation-focused) were shared by most evaluators in our sample.Conclusion: Implications for cross-border collaborations as well as viable strategies to reconcile divergent perspectives that could emerge within evaluability assessment teams are discussed.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Joha Louw-Potgieter would like to acknowledge and thank the National Research Foundation’s Incentive Fund for Rated Researchers IFR150126113160.
Date 2020-02-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Q sort method
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aej.v8i1.434
Source African Evaluation Journal; Vol 8, No 1 (2020); 12 pages 2306-5133 2310-4988
Language eng
Relation https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/434/697 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/434/696 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/434/698 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/434/695
Coverage USA; UK; Brazil; South Africa — Evaluators from the USA (n = 86), the UK (n = 26), Brazil (n =79) and SA (n = 38)
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Adiilah Boodhoo, Joha Louw-Potgieter https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0