Putting evaluation capacity building in context: Reflections on the Ontario Brain Institute's Evaluation Support Program

Jean A. King

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Abstract

This article, in three parts, reflects on the content of the six articles included in the forum. It begins with a description of the Evaluation Support Program, emphasizing its key attributes. Next, it raises two points regarding ECB theory: (1) the need to become clearer about the concepts and terms used to describe and study this phenomenon, and (2) the potential value of social science theory to understand ECB and improve its practice. The article concludes with practical ideas for improving ECB: (1) framing it as an educative act, which assigns the evaluator the critical role of evaluation teacher/coach; and (2) the importance of never assuming that an ECB effort begins in unchartered territory, but rather that it builds on people's knowledge, skills, attitudes, and previous experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101452
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume80
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Community organizations
  • Evaluation capacity building
  • Social science theory

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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