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Partners in Evaluation Co-constructing educational evaluation at the local level Ruth Pritchard and Carol McSporran Presentation to ANZEA 2013
N ā u te rourou, n ā ku te rourou, ka ora te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket, people will thrive. ‘Nga Kite Whai Matauranga’ by Mihi Williams and Roimata Emery
The Notion of Partnership Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Partnership - Protection - Participation embedded in evaluation principles, standards and competencies
Serious engagement with difference engagement with diversity and difference in evaluation is both substantive and a moral commitment (Hood, Hopson & Frierson, 2005, p.9) Values-engaged approach evaluators must assume responsibility for explicating and justifying the values being advanced in their work, in ways that respect other values (Hall, Ahn & Greene, 2012, p. 206) Serious engagement with difference engagement with diversity and difference in evaluation is both substantive and a moral commitment (Hood, Hopson & Frierson, 2005, p.9) Values-engaged approach evaluators must assume responsibility for explicating and justifying the values being advanced in their work, in ways that respect other values (Hall, Ahn & Greene, 2012, p. 206)
Tukutuku: partnership and participation From national library and te papa archive collections
Co-constructing the big picture ERO’s complementary evaluation Weaving on a 2-dimensional framework Ko te tamaiti te putake o te kaupapa The child is the heart of the matter Evaluation – complementary review
Co-construction Lincoln and Guba (1985); Stake (1975; 1983) Morris (2002) Multiple perspectives build towards ‘a commonly accepted reality’ “Stakeholder involvement using the principles of social constructivism should lead to a more valid evaluation that empowers stakeholders and increases the likelihood of the utilization of results as stakeholder investment is greater than would otherwise be the case” (p. 51)
Participatory evaluation as partnership (e.g. Patton, 2008, p. 224; Cousins & Earl, 1992; Cousins & Whitmore, 1998; Greene, 1988; Ayers, 1987). Complex dynamic operating at three levels: individual, group, organisational (Smits & Champagne, 2008) Comprising five interactive processes (Weaver & Cousins, 2004)
Cousins & Whitmore, 1998; Cousins & Chouinard, 2012 “this shifting responsibility is a prerequisite for the success of an evaluation” Themessl-Huber & Grutsch, 2003, p. 98.
Opportunities for weaving threads Reciprocity of learning bridge the gap between theory and practice…and create opportunities for mutual learning” (MacLellan- Wright. et al., 2007, p. 102). Enhancing validity the experiences and expertise of stake-holders enlarge and enrich the scope of the evaluation (Abma, 2000) acknowledged as ‘natural experts in their field’ (Themessl-Huber & Grutsch, 2003, p. 94). Evaluation capability building (Compton, Baizerman & Stockdill, 2002) Utilization process use (Greene, 1988; Patton, 1998) contributes to a learning phase that reinforces understandings and the ownership of results and, eventually, a greater sense of obligation to follow through on the results (Smits & Champagne, 2008, p. 429).
Position of the evaluator a shift from the primary investigator and participant observer to becoming a facilitator (Garaway, 1995) a “high tolerance for ambiguity” (Patton, 2011, p. 26) cultural responsiveness with “careful attention to one’s place and perspective” (Letiecq & Bailey, 2004, p. 32) putting ourselves into practice (Collins 1994) it is as much about who we are, and where we position ourselves in relation to others, as it is about what we do (ANZEA, 2011, p. 10)
use diverse methods of inquiry suspend judgement and sense-making create time and space for participants to: - articulate - explore - co-construct knowledge - develop their evaluative capacity Repositioning evaluators to:
Challenges Complex contexts and competing agendas - growth in reliance on evaluation - diversity in the sector - political implications
Competence and understanding of practice/theory - moving from apprenticeship to a professional model - variability
Evolving, dynamic process and expectations - high expectations for creativity, innovation and cultural responsiveness - we can be deliberate and responsive in the evaluation approaches we use and they can co-exist : participatory, empowerment, appreciative, transformative, collaborative, deliberately democratic, developmental, responsive, and utilization focused
Enabling partnership - what seems to work? Communication and information sharing Inviting participation at different levels Shared team and context understandings Professional Practice Model (PPM) initiation
Enabling partnership - what seems to work? (contd.) Review Officers’ understanding of expected practices and principles for complementary practices: - clarity of roles and responsibilities - agreed evaluation framework - recognition of the contribution each party makes - respect for different perspectives (Mutch, 2012) Synergy between internal and external evaluation – making connections at the local level
P ū awaitanga o te Ringa - Fruits of our busy hands, 2001 Christchurch Central Library
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