Learning Objectives

  1. Define each of the types of evaluation research and explain when each is appropriate.
  2. Describe the history of evaluation research and its current status.
  3. Diagram the evaluation research process as a feedback system.
  4. Explain the concept of black box evaluation and the value of opening the black box.
  5. Discuss the role of program theory and its value in evaluation research.
  6. Present arguments for and against stakeholder‑driven evaluation.
  7. Understand why a true experimental design is the strongest method for conducting impact evaluations.
  8. Explain the differences between applied and basic research.