About the authors:
Thomas Schwandt, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and author of Evaluation Foundations Revisited, has written about the normative aspects of evaluation and research for over four decades.
Emily Gates, assistant professor at Boston College and former Atlanta-area evaluation fellow at CDC, examines applications of systems thinking and systems science for evaluation (see recent special issue) as well as intersections of systems- and equity-oriented approaches.
About the book, Evaluating and Valuing in Social Research:
Much applied research takes place as if complex social problems—and evaluations of interventions to address them—can be dealt with in a purely technical way. In contrast, this groundbreaking book offers an alternative approach that incorporates sustained, systematic reflection about researchers' values, what values research promotes, how decisions about what to value are made and by whom, and how judging the value of social interventions takes place. The authors offer practical and conceptual guidance to help researchers engage meaningfully with value conflicts and refine their capacity to engage in deliberative argumentation. Pedagogical features include a detailed evaluation case, “Bridge to Practice” exercises and annotated resources in most chapters, and an end-of-book glossary.
Registration deadline: November 17
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