Is It Evaluation or Is It Research?
During the last conversation between the evaluation consultant, Judy Hallowell, and the Grandview staff, Luis asked, “Well, how do we do this research?” Judy surprised many in the group by asking if they thought they were going to be involved in research or in evaluation. Especially after their long discussion about “number crunching,” a number of staff members said, “Well, of course we are doing research.” Others asked, “How do we really know if we're doing research or evaluation?” Actually, these questions gave Judy the perfect opportunity to make some important distinctions between evaluation and research.
Once again, she asked the committee to form small working and discussion groups. ...