Dart, J.J. (2004) Six normative approaches to evaluation

Evaluation is used in many program contexts, in many countries and across many different disciplines. It is also used for many different purposes, and the range of things that are included under the umbrella of program evaluation is considerable. Even within one project there may be several evaluation initiatives under way. For this reason, in ‘good’ evaluation the choice of evaluation approach needs to be contextspecific and take into consideration the purposes for which the study is being undertaken. This view is endorsed by many evaluators including Worthen et al. (1997) and Owen (1993) … more [Full PDF publication here]