Robert O. Brinkerhoff

On how it all started…

I was fortunate to get involved in a graduate program whose focus was program evaluation. I had been five years in the Navy through the Vietnam War period and then went to graduate school. It was a heady time. I went to the University of Virginia, where there was a lot of focus on radical thinking and social action programs, and I got very much involved in the social action programs, particularly radical education programs, street academies, and the like. That time period also saw a big explosion of thinking and program evaluation. We had many brilliant theorists who were working at various centers ...

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