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Promoting Evaluation Utilization in Developmental Evaluation: A Case Study Exploring Organizational Conditions

  • Author / Creator
    Brower, Krista L
  • The current study extends the enduring interest in evaluation utilization by researchers with a focus on developmental evaluation (DE) practices. A qualitative case study design examines what organizational conditions promote evaluation utilization by stakeholders during a DE process. The DE process occurred within a mentoring partnership organization from May 2013 to June 2014. Three themes (i.e., relationship influences; organizational readiness; and, collective climate) were generated by the integration of four data sources: semi-structured individual interviews (n=6), embedded reflections (n=6), review of organizational documents (n=31) and researcher field notes (n=45). Three case assertions, generated from the interpretations of the study findings, suggest that the progressive development of relationships, coordination of organizational responses and facilitation by a competent evaluator represent three organizational conditions that promoted evaluation utilization by stakeholders. These assertions advance important study implications for operationalizing DE conditions, guiding DE practices, and informing concurrent study of DE processes.

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  • Graduation date
    2016-06:Fall 2016
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3N58CR4V
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Poth, Cheryl (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Van Vliet, Jessica (Educational Psychology)
    • Gokiert, Rebecca (Faculty of Extension)