“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 Voldemort Evaluation : How I Learned to Survive Organizational Dysfunction, Confusion, and Distrust

The Voldemort Evaluation : How I Learned to Survive Organizational Dysfunction, Confusion, and Distrust

Lisa O’Reilly, MPA, CE, is an evaluator with diverse experience: working domestically, internationally, internally, and externally.

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Of the four of us on the evaluation team, one quit the first day of the field visit, one has completely erased the evaluation from her memory, and one calls it “Voldemort” because she refuses to say its name.

About Me

My name is Lisa O’Reilly. I started in evaluation in 2002 and have worked as both an internal and an external evaluator in Canada and abroad. The situation I’m about to relate was from the first half of my professional career, when I had just started working as an independent evaluator. It was a total ...

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