“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.

Lost Without You : A Lesson in System Mapping and Engaging Stakeholders

Lost Without You : A Lesson in System Mapping and Engaging Stakeholders

Kylie Hutchinson, BSc, CE, is an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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The room became deadly quiet. As I looked around the meeting table, I was met by a dozen blank stares. “I don’t get it,” someone finally said. My heart sank as I realized my first attempt at drawing a system map was a complete failure.

About Me

I discovered evaluation via an undergraduate course and thesis and was immediately hooked. My first few jobs were managing nonprofit programs, but whenever a manager learned that I had an evaluation background, I was given an extra evaluation assignment to complete. I eventually ...

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