A transdisciplinary model of program outcomes for enhanced evaluation practice

John LaVelle, Satlaj S Dighe

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Abstract

Evaluation is a transdiscipline with a focus upon asking and answering important questions about programs, policies, and interventions. A unified taxonomy of evaluation-specific program outcomes would be a helpful tool to evaluators, program designers, implementers, and policymakers, but one has not yet been proposed and validated in an evaluation context. This study builds from a grounded analysis of 125 programs and over 850 individual program outcomes, from which was developed a taxonomy of nine outcomes specific to evaluating programs and interventions: attitude, affect, behavior, cognition, status, relationship, biological, environmental, and economic. The article defines key terms and directionality and suggests specific fields that provide a helpful lens for understanding programs and improving evaluation practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-103
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Program Evaluation
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 28 2020

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Measurement
  • Outcomes
  • Research on evaluation
  • Taxonomy

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