Qualitative evaluation and scientific citizenship: Reflections and refractions

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Qualitative approaches to evaluation have recently attained legitimacy. Now it's time to advance their influence. Towards that end, this discussion offers a self-reflective critique of four critical issues in qualitative evaluation: relativism, theory and generalization, warrant and inquiry criteria, and positioning. Refractions from this critique embolden a recentering of qualitative evaluation around its socio-political value dimensions and a concomitant assumption of the rights and responsibilities of scientist citizens. These refractions further challenge the remainder of the evaluation community to do the same.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-289
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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