Jutta Wolff

We Evaluate That (just Quickly)

What Customers Should Know about the Proof of Effectiveness

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Abstract

Customers often have high expectations when commissioning an evaluation, whereby the own planning needs are partly underestimated and the potential of evaluations to generate the desired knowledge is overestimated. Often an evaluation is intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of a program. Then the call for (quasi-)experimental designs, which are viewed as a “gold standard” in the detection of causal relationships, is widespread. The article illustrates the limits of these design variations in the field of education.

Keywords
educational evaluation, evaluation planning, evaluation process, evidencebased, (quasi-)experimental design driven evaluation, effectiveness