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Evaluation use
Qualitative method
Concurrent method
Factors affecting use
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Lejeune, Andrew J
Supervisor and department
Poth, Cheryl (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Rogers, Todd (Educational Psychology)
Varnhagen, Stanley (Extension)
Department of Educational Psychology
Measurement, Evaluation, and Cognition
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Master of Education
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Evaluation use is an area of research with important implications for evaluation theory and practice. A review of the evaluation use literature reveals the factors that affect evaluation use provide important implications for evaluation practice (Burr, 2009; Cousins & Leithwood, 1986). Using a concurrent, phenomenological approach, the current study examined a model forwarded by Peck and Gorzalski (2009) within an ongoing program evaluation at two sites. Three findings emerged from the analysis revealing implications for evaluation practice and research. 1) Conceptual and process use occurred at both sites. 2) Evaluation factors appeared to specifically affect process use, while contextual factors appeared to affect use in general. 3) Organizational receptiveness of evaluation and the evaluator’s role emerged as two contextual factors affecting use. The study also provides implications for evaluation use research, as the use of concurrent, qualitative methods used appear to be effective in investigating the factors affecting use.
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