Evaluative site visits: A methodological review

Frances P Lawrenz, Nanette Keiser, Bethann Lavoie

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Site visits are a commonly employed, but little discussed, evaluation procedure. Our purpose is to review the state of the art regarding site visits, as well as to catalyze a discussion of site visits centering on the question of whether or not existing practices constitute a set of methods or a methodology. We define evaluative site visits and review the current state of practice in site visits. We also outline the differences between methods and methodology and consider whether or not the current state of practice constitutes a methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

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This material is partially based on work supported by National Science Foundations grant REC135385.


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