“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.

OMG, Why Can’t We Get the Data? : A Lesson in Managing Evaluation Expectations

Jennifer Bisgard, MA Social Development, Johns Hopkins University, is a highly experienced evaluator, social change activist, and founder of Khulisa Management Services based in Johannesburg, South Africa, but working throughout Africa and the United States.Mary Pat Selvaggio, MPH Public Health Nutrition, University of Minnesota, has evaluated health and other programs since the 1990s. A former USAID health officer, she leads Khulisa’s health evaluation practice throughout Africa and elsewhere.

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How did we fail to see all the red flags? The evaluand told us they struggled to get their members to report financial data regularly. They also mentioned a database crash and that the donor wanted this to be a success story ...

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