Tuesday, March 3, 2009

MESI Wrap-up: Developmental Evaluation

The session "Developmental Evaluation" was led by Michael Quinn Patton.

Developmental evaluation is evaluation processes, including asking evaluative questions and applying evaluation logic, to support program, product, staff and/or organizational development. It is used to provide feedback, generate learnings, support direction or affirm changes in direction in real time. It is also used to develop new measures and in monitoring mechanisms as goals emerge and evolve. The evaluator collaborates with those engaged in the change effort to design an evaluation process that matches philosophically and organizationally, and the evaluation will be designed to capture system dynamics, interdependencies, and emergent connections.