STEM program evaluation article published
Drs. Frances Lawrenz and Lesa Clarkson from the STEM Education Center were published in a special 2011 edition of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. The article, "Evaluation Capacity Building in the Schools: Administrator-led and Teacher-led Perspectives" focused on educators' views on evaluation as a tool for capacity-building in schools.
The article is available at the Canadian Evaluation Society.
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to describe evaluation capacity building using an immersion approach in two schools: one with an administrator-led process and one with a teacher-led process. The descriptions delineate conceptual, developmental, and sustainability aspects of capacity building through the perspectives of the teachers, principals, and evaluation specialists. The immersion approach to evaluation capacity building highlights the distinctions between developing capacity for using evaluation information and the capacity to conduct evaluations, and provides insight into the use of direct and indirect approaches to building capacity. The two cases also showcase the roles played by ownership in developing evaluation capacity, especially sustainability.