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Issue 13 – Evaluation

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Evaluation? Yes, But Not This Way!

 Editorial

 

Our society, based on the sharing of information and knowledge, is also an evaluation society. The parents of school age children have the right, for example, to know the criteria on the basis of which grades are given. Almost everywhere this generates evaluation grids. Read more »

 
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Numero 13 February, 2015 - Author: , ,

 

The Evaluation Society: Critique, Contestability and Skepticism

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Faccine

The essay begins with the observation that evaluation relates to its object in a manner that is not only descriptive, but rather constitutive. Five domains where the constitutive effects of evaluation occur are presented and illustrated. Read more »

 
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Evaluation and Novelty

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Bolt

The thesis of this essay is that the current research quality evaluation system is allergic to greatness. The mantra of innovation seems intentionally made to caution us against novelty. Read more »

 
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Neurosciences and Psychology: Evaluation and Paradigms

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BrainImaging

The evaluation of the quality of scientific research is a thorny issue, particularly in those fields that require a revolutionary approach rather than an incremental progress. This is the case of the sciences of the mind that struggle to find a shared theoretical landscape. Read more »

 
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Philosophical Assumptions and Program Evaluation

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Community

The transdisciplinary nature of evaluation allows its application in diverse contexts, with diverse stakeholder groups, to address diverse social problems, through the use of diverse methodologies. Read more »

 
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Evaluation as a Socio-Political Intervention

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Status-Quo

The logic of evaluation is presented and examined, resulting in the claim that evaluation (of public policies and programs) itself is an intervention in the public sphere. Evaluation accomplishes this primarily via the advancement of selected stakeholder interests and values, Read more »

 
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A Rousseauian Economist’s Brief Reflection on Evaluation

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Rousseau

The essay highlights the close connection that is in place between a specific mode of evaluation and a specific economic approach, namely the neo-classic or marginalist approach; Read more »

 
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Numero 13 February, 2015 - Author:

 

Health Promotion Interventions: An Appropriate Evaluation

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This paper examines some of the issues underlying the notion of “appropriateness” in the context of health promotion evaluation. Appropriateness depends on an alignment of evaluation practices with the tenets of contemporary health promotion, including the notions of participation, community control, and respect for people not as unthinking objects of research but as partners in knowledge development. Read more »

 
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School and School System Evaluations: Formal Quality and Real Quality

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Assessment practices have currently intensified in several countries, according to different approaches. Since the late 1960s in particular, the European school systems have been affected by periodic international surveys, with comparative analyses of learning outcomes. These were complemented by increasingly complex system assessments, which have taken into account, since the 1990s, even contextual and procedural variables. Read more »

 
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Numero 13 February, 2015 - Author: ,

 

On Some Aspects of Research Assessment in the Humanities: Bibliometrics and Related Topics

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TimetoEvaluate

Society and policy makers are asking universities and research institutions to be accountable for public investment. Developing performance measures for assessing research quality and impact has therefore become a hot topic, on which a great growing debate has been raging for the past few years. Read more »

 
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Research Quality Evaluation in the Managerial Disciplines: Good Intentions, Bad Practices, and Urgent Changes

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The evaluation of university professors’ activities has recently become a crucial issue in the academic debate, with a particular consideration for research funding. Beyond the mere financial aspects of such a domain, there is a reputational framework involved in this field that reshapes the power architecture of the Italian universities – and of society as a whole through this. Read more »

 
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Questioning Evaluation within the Humanities

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Truffaut

In line with the democratic ideals, there is a growing call for a greater public involvement in the establishment of science and technology policies. There exists a variety of public participation procedures that aim at consulting and engaging the public, ranging from public hearings to consensus conferences. Read more »

 
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Conducting Quality Evaluations: Four Generations of Meta-Evaluation

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StufflebeamModelJacob
At the end of the 1960s, Michael Scriven coined the concept of meta-evaluation.  In the strictest sense of the term, a meta-evaluation is the evaluation of an evaluation. From a theoretical point of view, it can be used to assess the value of one or more evaluations. In a practical sense, it helps the planning of evaluations. Read more »
 
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