Lyn Shulha is a Canadian evaluator whose scholarship in evaluation use, collaboration in evaluation, and evaluation standards development has shaped evaluation theory and practice in Canada and abroad. This article presents the transcript to an interview conducted with Dr. Shulha conducted in the tradition of oral history studies. Dr. Shulha identifies formative experiences in her development as an evaluator that shaped the trajectory of her thinking on evaluation theory and practice.
A Case Study of the Guiding Principles for Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation in a Developmental Evaluation Context
Recently, Shulha, Whitmore, Cousins, Gilbert, and al Hudib (2015) proposed a set of evidence-based principles to guide collaboration. Our research undertakes a case study approach to explore these principles in a developmental evaluation context. Data were collected at two points in an 18-month period where an evaluation group collaborated with the program team from a national organization. This article explores the contributions of selected collaborative approaches to evaluation principles as they are applied in a developmental evaluation.
Evaluators working on a developmental evaluation are expected to work collaboratively with program developers to marshal evaluation in ways that support ongoing program development and adaptation. This expectation introduces novel challenges to evaluation practice and exposes the evaluator to the treacherous waters of program complexities that are likely unique to each developmental evaluation.