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Eval Program Plann. 2019 Jun;74:54-60. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.02.014. Epub 2019 Feb 27.

Using a community-created multisite evaluation to promote evaluation use across a sector.

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Karen Peterman Consulting, Co., PO Box 51361, Durham, NC 27717, United States. Electronic address: karenpetermanphd@gmail.com.
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Karen Peterman Consulting, Co., PO Box 51361, Durham, NC 27717, United States. Electronic address: jen.gathings@etrservices.org.

Abstract

Multisite evaluation has been cited as a strategy for building knowledge about a program's success and enhancing evaluation capacity and evaluation use. Even so, the extent to which data from these efforts are made available to individual project participants varies. This article describes a community-created multisite evaluation that was designed to overcome this limitation. Based on the negotiated centralized evaluation model and implemented within the context of a community of practice, the EvalFest community-created multisite evaluation has used shared measures to collect data from 30,000 participants from partner sites across the community over three years. This article describes the design characteristics of the community-created multisite approach, and presents results related to partners' evaluation use that demonstrate the early success of this method. We conclude by considering how this strategy might be applied to other sectors.

KEYWORDS:

Community of practice; Evaluation use; Multisite evaluation

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