Mike Trevisan and I have several exciting events coming up:
- A pre-conference workshop at the European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference (October 2): Evaluability Assessment for Responsive Theory-Building, Exploratory Evaluation, and Evaluation Planning.
- An evaluation summit, Fundamentals of Evaluation Practice: Assessment, Accountability, and Sustainability, at the University of Illinois Springfield on October 11. We will also be working with Public Administration doctoral students there on October 10, offering support for evaluation dissertations.
- A pre-conference workshop at the American Evaluation Association annual conference (October 31): A Practical Framework for Navigating a Program Evaluation Dissertation, Thesis, or Culminating Project. Looking forward to sharing our framework!
Check out my recent publication, “Assessing Transfer and Benefit to Evaluate Course Effectiveness,” in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching:
It is both important and challenging to assess transfer of skills learned through coursework and related organizational and societal contributions. The author describes an action research study to determine the effectiveness of a doctoral course in program evaluation. Using Kirkpatrick’s (Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick, 2006) four-level evaluation framework for evaluating training programs, an extended framework by Kaufman, Keller, and Watkins (1995), and adaptations suggested by Praslova (2010), five levels of outcomes were addressed: reaction, learning, transfer, organizational benefit, and societal contributions. Findings evidence positive reactions, learning, transfer, and organizational benefit. Additionally, the study provides implications for others engaged in higher education assessment and evaluation at the course, program, and unit levels.