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Thursday, March 24 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Developmental Evaluation: On the Ground and Behind the Scenes

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Developmental evaluation (DE) (Patton, 2011) is a relatively new evaluation methodology that supports innovation and adaptive development in complex and dynamic environments. A significant departure from linear, logic-model-based program evaluation paradigms, DE documents developments and their implications with real-time feedback and cycles of reflection and action. This type of evaluation approach is particularly attractive to programs and organizations that wish to continue adapting to changing standards and realities. By necessity, items such as evaluation design, methods, and reporting within a DE approach are highly specific to the program or organizational context. As such, there is no “best” or “right” way to conduct DE. For the individual or organization assessing whether DE is the right approach for their work, these qualities can make DE feel somewhat intimidating. How do you know if DE is right for you? How do you know what DE might look like in the context of your programming or organization? The goal of this session is to help you answer these questions. Despite the fluidity associated with DE, there are several characteristics of the paradigm that remain constant regardless of program or organization. This session will begin with an overview of DE, focusing on several of these enduring characteristics, and using the Military Families Learning Network for applied examples. From there, the focus will turn to a “behind the scenes” practical look at some of the implications of adopting DE, with particular attention on the often overlooked areas of program planning and workplace habits and norms. At the end of the session, participants will have a broader vision for how DE may play out in and benefit their own programming and organizations. For participants planning to adopt DE, the session will provide several ideas for promising practices, workplace tools, and organizational strategies.

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Brigitte Scott

Military Families Learning Network, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech

Thursday March 24, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Rio Grande Center

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