University-Based Evaluation Training Programs in the United States 1980—2008: An Empirical Examination
Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU), Community and Global Health (CGU)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Evaluation practice has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years. In contrast, the most recent survey data suggest that there has been a sharp decline in the number and strength of preservice evaluation training programs in the United States. In an effort to further understand this curious trend, an alternative methodology was used to examine the current state of university-based evaluation training programs in the United States. An online search and curricular document analysis suggest different trends, including a dramatic increase in the number of evaluation training programs in the United States, specifically within schools of education. The importance of using alternative methodologies for understanding the nature of evaluation training programs is discussed.
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Donaldson, S. I., & LaVelle, J. (2010). University-based evaluation training programs in the United States 1980-2008: An empirical examination. American Journal of Evaluation, 31 (1), 9-23. doi: 10.1177/1098214009356022