In participatory evaluations of K–12 programs, evaluators develop school faculty's and administrators' evaluation capacity by training them to conduct evaluation tasks and providing consultation while the tasks are conducted. A strong case can be made that the capacity building in these evaluations can be examined using a Vygotskian approach. We conducted participatory evaluations at 9 Hawaii public schools and collected data on the extent to which various factors affected participating school personnel's learning about program evaluation.
This article examines the effects of professional development, including formal workshops and ongoing consultation, on the evaluation capacity of K–12 school faculty and administrators who were conducting evaluations of 17 site-managed projects. Changes in the faculty's and administrators' (a) attitudes toward evaluation, (b) self-confidence as evaluators, and (c) assessments of their capabilities as evaluators were examined.