Eric Dionne

Spring

Un outil à visée pédagogique pour discuter de méthodologie

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90-113

In this article, we discuss the importance of communicating the evaluation approach (process, methodology, results, and limits) to promote the use of results and the implementation of recommendations. We present an education-focused, meta-evaluative training tool based on the methodological aspects of the evaluation process, and designed to support evaluators, particularly novice evaluators, in the rigorous planning, implementation and communication of methodology. We are focusing on communicating the program evaluation approach though evaluation reports (technical and final) that are usually the means offering the most information on both results and the evaluation process. We realize that there are other means of communication (i.e., journal-published articles), but their format doesn’t always allow the provision of all the information relevant to results and the approach chosen by evaluators, since they usually only present highlights and not methodological aspects. Since we zeroed in on methodological considerations, it seemed to us that it would be more relevant to base ourselves on the information included in reports. This is not an innocuous choice, as an evaluation’s quality depends, in part, on a recognized methodology that is able to provide the solid evidence needed to exercise judgment. Also, we discuss the role of meta-evaluation (MEV) in enriching evaluation practice and promoting program evaluation’s quality. Furthermore, we present a meta-evaluative tool we designed to encourage the operationalization of quality evaluative methodologies and the implementation of effective evaluative practices.

Fall

L'analyse de données secondaires dans le cadre d'évaluation de programme: regard théorique et expérientiel

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253-261

The secondary data analysis (SDA) is a method used to access potentially useful data to carry out a program evaluation process. Current technology enables building and querying large databases more easily. Nevertheless, we note that SDA is still poorly documented from a theoretical point of view and there are few practical proposals to run a successful SDA. This article aims, on the one hand, to present the main theoretical foundations of SDA and, on the other hand, to make recommendations to facilitate the implementation of SDA.

Spring

(Compte-rendu) Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice (2 nd ed.), J. C. McDavid, I. Huse, and L. R. L. Hawthorn

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Pages:
99-102

(Compte-rendu) Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice (2 nd ed.), J. C. McDavid, I. Huse, and L. R. L. Hawthorn

Spring

COMPTE-RENDU: DeMars, C. (2010). Item Response Theory. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 137 pages.

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Pages:
126-128

Spring

COMPTES RENDUS DE LIVRES: Valéry Ridde & Christian Dagenais (Éds.). (2009). Approches et pratiques en évaluation de programme

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182-184