Program Development + Evaluation = Intervention?

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Evaluation as Intervention?   A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria (or both) living among filaments of a fungus in a mutually beneficial relationship (symbiotic relationship). The combined life form has properties that are very different from the properties of its component organisms. I really don’t know why this picture speaks to me. Maybe it speaks to me because it implies change. I don’t know about you, but I see program development and program evaluation as “mutually beneficial” and hopefully both work together to produce change for the good. Recently, an evaluator and blogger, Charles Gasper, stole my thunder with his blog, The Evaluation Evangelist: Evaluation as an Intervention. Why? Because, for the last year, I have been … [Read more...]