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CES-NS Journal Club (Mar 23) – Scope Creep and Purposeful Pivots in Developmental Evaluation

CES Nova Scotia Monthly Online Journal Club
March 23, 2022, 12:05 – 12:55 p.m Atlantic Time


CES-Nova Scotia is pleased to collaborate with other Atlantic CES Chapters to host an online Journal Club for CES members and guests, on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

On March 23, we will examine a practice note from the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, entitled: Scope Creep and Purposeful Pivots in Developmental Evaluation

Article abstract: This practice note illustrates a situation where, as program evaluators, we crept beyond the provisional boundaries set by our Developmental Evaluation (DE) goals to facilitate learning. Our DE was initially focused on one program which was being designed for online delivery in higher education. During the DE of this program, questions and themes arose which had larger organizational applicability; we were asked to help design a strategic learning session that addressed a large group of stakeholders within which existed the tiny subset of stakeholders engaged in the original DE. This practice note describes how we negotiated the emergent purposes of the DE with the need for intentional pivots within the strategic learning session to serve our intended subset of stakeholders with their project as well as stimulate evaluative thinking within the larger stakeholder group.

We welcome you to read the article in advance and reflect on your own successes and challenges in appropriate management of scope creep and purposeful pivots.

For a brief overview on Developmental Evaluation and when it might be a useful alternative: 

We look forward to seeing you!

Registration: Free for CES Members and Guests
Atlantic Chapter members, please host future Journal Club sessions here
Learn about CES membership here.
For more information, please contact Acting PD Chair: [email protected]

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