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Tamara Walser Co-Authors Book on Evaluability Assessment

Friday, January 02, 2015

book titled Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use

Watson College associate professor Tamara Walser is an expert on evaluability assessment, an approach used for program evaluation. She recently co-authored a book on the topic with Mike Trevisan, dean of the College of Education at Washington State University. The book titled Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use was published in August by SAGE Publications, Inc.

The book is designed to serve as an instructional text for graduate level evaluation courses and training, and as a resource for evaluation practitioners, policymakers, funding agencies and professional training.

Walser and Trevisan define evaluability assessment as “the systematic investigation of program characteristics, context, activities, processes, implementation, outcomes and logic to determine: the extent to which the theory of how a program is intended to work aligns with the program as it is implemented and perceived in the field, the plausibility that the program will yield positive results as currently conceived and implemented, and the feasibility of and best approaches for further evaluation of the program.” 

Evaluability assessment got its start in the 1970s as a pre-evaluation activity, but has evolved into much more and is currently experiencing resurgence in use across disciplines and globally, Walser said.

Walser and Trevisan have conducted professional development workshops on evaluability assessment at numerous conferences around the world including:

Frontiers in Education annual conference in Madrid, Spain in October 2014, where they conducted a professional development workshop titled “Evaluability Assessment for Engineering Educators.”

American Evaluation Association annual conference in Denver in October 2014, where they conducted a professional development workshop titled “Evaluability Assessment: What, Why and How.”

Claremont Evaluation Center's Professional Development Workshop Series on Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, Claremont, Calif.  in August 2014 where they presented “Evaluability Assessment: What, Why and How.”

Evaluability Assessment: Improving Evaluation Quality and Use Is available through SagePub.com: www.sagepub.com/books/Book240728#tabview=title