When Evaluation Meets the ‘Rough Ground’ in Communities

Thomas A Schwandt, Peter Dahler-Larsen

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Based on experiences from two evaluation projects, the two partners in the following dialogue discuss the meaning of 'resistance' to evaluation, or more specifically, resistance to evaluation touching upon values that are central in some communities. Step by step, the dialogue identifies a tension between evaluation as a modernist undertaking and the traditional values of these communities. Through the dialogue about this tension, the 'rough ground' in evaluation is revealed, then the implications for evaluation practice are discussed. Copyrights

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-505
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Community
  • Evaluability
  • Modernist undertaking
  • Resistance to evaluation
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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