Lorna Earl

Fall

Developing An Evaluation Habit Of Mind

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Pages:
103-119

In this paper, we use the psychological lens of motivation to argue that mandated evaluation requirements can serve as the impetus for accountability to become synonymous with organizational improvement. We offer evidence of how the processes and practices surrounding the use of data for wise decision making find intrinsically derived sustainability and become consolidated in an "evaluation habit of mind". Though exploratory in intent and not designed to be definitive, illustrations are provided from Canada's Manitoba School Improvement Program Inc. (MSIP) — an initiative designed to improve the learning experiences and outcomes of secondary school students through capacity building.

Special Issue

Evaluating school improvement in Canada: a case example

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Pages:
151-174

This article gives a brief description of school improvement in Canada over several decades and describes the difficulties — conceptual, technical and communicative — associated with evaluating school improvement. Through a case example, the authors draw attention to the problems associated with the "live-action" world of school improvement and highlight the responsibility of researchers and evaluators to choose the appropriate method, consider the consequences of their work and be aware of the policy implications that accompany any evaluation that addresses current policy issues.