"The authors provide a useful checklist of questions that can be used to shape dialogue between commissioners of evaluation and evaluators when designing the evaluation, and developing a joint understanding of an agreement about what can and cannot be achieved by the evaluation and the trade-offs that will be involved." (Sue Funnell Evaluation Journal of Australasia)
About the Author
Michael Bamberger has almost 40 years of experience in development evaluation, including a decade working with nongovernmental organizations in Latin America, almost 25 years working on evaluation with the World Bank in most of the social and economic sectors and in most regions of the world, and 10 years as an independent evaluation consultant, including programs with 10 United Nations agencies and multilateral and bilateral development agencies. He has published three books and several monographs and handbooks on development evaluation, as well as numerous articles in professional journals. He has been active for 20 years with the American Evaluation Association, serving on the Board and as Chair of the International Committee. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of New Directions for Evaluation, the Journal of Development Effectiveness, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and the American Journal of Evaluation and is a regular reviewer for several professional evaluation journals. He has taught program evaluation in more than 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East and, since 2002, has been on the Faculty of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; since 2001, has also lectured at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) in Tokyo.
Linda Mabry is a faculty member at Washington State University specializing in program evaluation, student assessment, and research and evaluation methodology. She currently serves as president of the Oregon Program Evaluation Network and on the editorial board for Studies in Educational Evaluation. She has served in a variety of leadership positions for the American Evaluation Association, including the Board of Directors, chair of the Task Force on Educational Accountability, and chair of the Theories of Evaluation topical interest group. She has also served n the Board of Trustees for the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessments and on the Performance Assessment Review Board of New York. She has conducted evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Jacob Javits Foundation, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Ameritech Corporation, ATT-Comcast Corporation, the New York City Fund for Public Education, the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, the Chicago Teachers Academy of Mathematics and Science, and a variety of university, state, and school agencies. She has published in a number of scholarly journals and written several books, including Evaluation and the Postmodern Dilemma (1997) and Portfolios Plus: A Critical Guide to Performance Assessment (1999).