Evaluation Myths, Misconceptions, and Mistakes




April 17, 2012

Dr. Lori Wingate—Assistant Director, The Evaluation Center, WMU

In this Eval Café session, Lori Wingate will engage participants in a discussion of some common misunderstandings when it comes to program evaluation language and practice.  In a profession where virtually anyone can put “evaluator” on their business card, it is immensely important that we protect the integrity of the terminology we use and be conscientious about how our individual practices collectively influence the field.  We will look at some widely repeated evaluation mistakes and missteps, consider the causes and consequences of these problems, and generate ideas about we can each work to set the record straight and keep in that way. Participants are invited to bring their favorite examples of evaluation myths, misconceptions, and mistakes to enrich and broaden the discussion.

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