Welcome to my class!
"The fact of twilight does not mean there is no difference between night and day." - Samuel Johnson
it is the mark
of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so
far as the nature of the subject admits..." - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Program evaluators help organizations manage resources and make hard decisions
about how to weed out ineffective activities, align resources with results, and identify best practices. For government
agencies, non-profits, and businesses this is a difficult task to do by themselves because it could threaten or disrupt existing
relationships, established patterns, and resource allocations. Independent, competent judgement is required, even if the advice given is not always followed.
Without hard-nosed evaluation, and the fortitude
to execute plans and changes that may be uncomfortable, organizations may become complacent, chaotic,
or aimless. If that happens, organizations can lose credibility and support, but the real victims are
the people who need services.