“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.

I Didn’t Know I Would Be a Tightrope Walker Someday : Balancing Evaluator Responsiveness and Independence

I Didn’t Know I Would Be a Tightrope Walker Someday : Balancing Evaluator Responsiveness and Independence

Rakesh Mohan is the director of the Office of Performance Evaluations, an independent and nonpartisan agency of the Idaho State Legislature.

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Newspaper headlines such as “Legislature’s Auditor Defends Teacher Report” (Popkey, 2013) are not new to me. They are part and parcel of being an evaluator or auditor in a public policy environment. However, when I am one of the subjects of these headlines, they force me to think whether I could have done something different to avoid being the center of media attention.

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My name is Rakesh Mohan, and I am a tightrope walker. I regularly balance the tension between independence and responsiveness because ...

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