Issues in the evaluation of a multi-site federal systems change initiative

Lizanne Destefano, Susan Hasazi, John Trach

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    This article describes an attempt to evaluate the transition systems change initiative under trying but typical circumstances. Given a large number of geographically dispersed sites, each with quite different goals, activities, and impacts, the evaluators were charged with the task of describing and assessing the impact of the entire initiative. Though each of the funded sites were conducting their own evaluations, the scope and focus of these evaluations varied greatly. The evaluation described in this paper was designed to assess the common impacts and unique accomplishments of this array of projects, making maximum use of existing data and minimizing the burden on project directors for new data collection. The design was participatory, involving project directors in planning the evaluation, reporting and reflecting on their own project impact, and validating the evaluation findings. It is hoped that the design of the evaluation might be applicable to similar large scale, multi-site initiatives.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)123-139
    Number of pages17
    JournalCareer Development for Exceptional Individuals
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1997

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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