“This is the evaluation book we’ve been waiting for! A must-read for all learning and working in the field.”    –Amanda M. Olejarski, West Chester University Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned is a candid collection of stories from seasoned evaluators from a variety of sectors sharing professional mistakes they have made in the past, and what they learned moving forward. As the only book of its kind, editor Kylie Hutchinson has collected a series of engaging, real-life examples that are both entertaining and informative. Each story offers universal lessons as takeaways, and discussion questions for reflective practice. The book is the perfect companion to anyone working in the evaluation field, and to instructors of program evaluation courses who want to bring the real world into their classroom. Available with Perusall—an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.

The Scope Creep Train Wreck : How Responsive Evaluation Can Go Off the Rails

E. Jane Davidson, PhD, is an internationally recognized evaluation thought leader, best known for developing evaluation rubrics methodology and for her signature approach of methodologically robust, refreshingly clear, and practical evaluation.

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We all want to be responsive evaluators, for sure. But what happens when there are just far too many things to be responsive to?

This is a story about evaluation scope creep. The hardest thing about scope creep is that it does just that—creeps up on you. It’s not until you have made numerous modest adjustments (and inadvertently set the precedent that you are more than willing to make them) that it suddenly dawns on you that it’s all gone ...

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