Evaluation of a Civic Education Project: An Application of the Model for Collaborative Evaluations

By Liliana Rodríguez-Campos, Michael Berson, Connie Walker-Egea, Aarti Bellara and Corina Owens.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The purpose of this article is to demonstrate why the application of the Model for Collaborative Evaluations (MCE) can provide someone using a collaborative approach with guidelines of how to accomplish a sound evaluation that produces useful outcomes. A collaborative evaluation is one in which there is a substantial degree of collaboration between evaluators and stakeholders. While there are multiple evaluation approaches, a collaborative evaluation is useful in producing a supportive evaluation environment and engaging key evaluation stakeholders. The context of this evaluation was a civic education project in a large school district in the United States. The evaluation incorporated formative and summative strategies to explore the effectiveness of the civic education project. The stakeholders were included throughout the whole evaluation process. The collaborative relationship between the evaluators and stakeholders was essential to the achievement of the evaluation vision and the MCE facilitated the collaboration process.

Keywords: Collaborative Evaluation, Civic Education, Program Evaluation, Model for Collaborative Evaluations

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.75-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.702MB).

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Evaluation Faculty, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos, Ph.D. is an evaluation faculty member and the director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Measurement at the University of South Florida. Liliana is nationally and internationally recognized for her collaborative approach to evaluation. Among other publications, she is the author of the book, Collaborative Evaluations: A Step-by-Step Model for the Evaluator. An experienced facilitator, she has offered many training sessions and presented her work in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, Holland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela. Currently, she serves as the board of directors’ chair at the Evaluation Capacity Development Group, and as the program chair of the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Liliana received the Marcia Guttentag Award from the American Evaluation Association.

Michael Berson

Faculty, Department of Secondary Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Michael J. Berson, Ph.D. is a professor in the Secondary Education Department at the University of South Florida, and a senior fellow in the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. He instructs courses in social science methodology and is the coordinator of the doctoral program in social science education. His award-winning courses have been acknowledged for integrating emerging technologies into instruction, and modeling dynamic and fluid pedagogy. Dr. Berson has extensively published books, chapters, journal articles, and presented worldwide. His research on child advocacy and technology in social studies education has achieved global recognition.

Connie Walker-Egea

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Connie Walker-Egea is a doctoral candidate in evaluation and measurement at the University of South Florida. She is a graduate assistant at the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Measurement (CREAM). As the former director of Health and Human Services Programs for Momentum Evaluations, L.L.P., she conducted evaluations for the Kellogg Foundation. She has written different publications in Spanish and English and presented lectures about metaevaluation and program evaluation at national and international conferences. She is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, Florida Educational Research Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education.

Aarti Bellara

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Aarti Bellara is an educational researcher and evaluator working as a research associate for the David C. Anchin Center, and a course instructor for the Department of Measurement and Evaluation at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on empirical studies on evaluations of educational programs, theory on educational leadership, equity in education, and teacher retention. As an elementary school teacher, she wrote several grants to enhance learning through inquiry-based teaching. She is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, National Council on Measurement in Education, and Kappa Delta Phi.

Corina Owens

Research Scientist, Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, Battelle, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Corina M. Owens, Ph.D., of Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, is a research scientist with over five years of research and evaluation experience. Her evaluation work has mainly focused on the evaluation of educational intervention programs ranging from civic education to engineering education. Dr. Owens’ research interests focus on program evaluation methods and the functioning of various quantitative methodologies. She is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, and American Statistical Association.

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