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Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Change: A Third Edition by Arielle Sullivan, Roland L. Sullivan, Jacqueline M. Stavros, William J. Rothwell

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THE PARADOX OF COMPETING DEMANDS

Curious about what the evaluation community is focused on today, we conducted a review of blogs, discussion boards, and literature in practice and research. There seems to be an underlying assumption that, in an ideal world, it is best to perform rigorous high-quality evaluations of all interventions. Yet, a theme in the dialogue presents competing demands suggesting that this is not practical (see Figure 11.1): prove and improve versus time and money.

Prove and Improve

When considering the “why” or purpose of an evaluation, it boils down to two aims. First, prove that the intervention worked. Proving is important to those who are responsible for the intervention’s impact. In some cases, it is about accountability ...

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