Reflections on the use of narrative in evaluation

Tracie E. Costantino, Jennifer C. Greene

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In this article, we tell the story of our evaluation of an intergenerational storytelling program. The story offers our reflections on the evolution of our practice, from an initial evaluation approach of interpretive responsiveness to an ending framework of narrative for this evaluation. The paper is structured so that it reflects the interwoven quality of narrative, as we tell the story of the program within the story of our practice. We conclude with a discussion of several theoretical anchors for our premise that narrative can offer valuable contributions to program evaluation, along with important challenges such a framework poses for our craft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-49
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management

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