Program evaluation research
According to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (2011), program evaluation as a method of research is a means of systematically evaluating an object or educational program. As straightforward and succinct as that definition is, you will find that evaluation research borrows heavily from other methods of research. Evaluation research has at its root the assumption that the value, quality, and effectiveness of an educational program can be appraised through a variety of data sources. As educators, we find ourselves making evaluations daily, and in a variety of contexts. The evaluations we make according to Fitzpatrick, Sanders, and Worthen (2011) fall along a continuum between formal evaluation and informal evaluation.
Thomas, J. (2012)., Program evaluation research, in S. R. Klein (ed.), Action research methods, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 175-195.
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