Evaluation

Getting to The Dance: Innovation and Strategic Planning

It’s so true that assembling all elements of a comprehensive plan (environmental scan, planning assumptions, SWOT analyses, enrollment projections, academic program analysis, etc.) could conceivably take all of an institution’s energy that might otherwise be used to innovate. I’m also sympathetic to the idea that compiling all the components of a traditional strategic plan could …

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A Consultant’s Guide to Spotting Toxic Organizations

Most organizations don’t know what they don’t know, but let’s not confuse that with toxicity. The litmus test is whether the organization understands how important it is to learn. A toxic organization is more likely to cling to old, familiar behaviors and to actively resist efforts to turn foundational ignorance around. A learning organization–on the …

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Spinning Out of Control with Randomized Controls

Others, including Michael Quinn Patton, have been seeking to widen educators’ knowledge about the possible in proving things work. Disputing this false “Gold Standard,” Patton offers some common sense advice well worth considering. Considering that standards for research are different from evaluation, Patton includes utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy as key goals. How often to …

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