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Descriptive meta-evaluation. Case study of an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Authors
  • Lynch, Deirdre C
  • Greer, Annette G
  • Larson, Lars C
  • Cummings, Doyle M
  • Harriett, Bonita S
  • Dreyfus, Kristen Springer
  • Clay, Maria C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Evaluation & the health professions
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2003
Volume
26
Issue
4
Pages
447–461
Identifiers
PMID: 14631614
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article describes an example of meta-evaluation in an educational setting. The meta-evaluation examined an evaluation of a community-based, interdisciplinary curriculum. The Program Evaluation Standards (PES), divided into the categories of utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy, provided a framework for the meta-evaluation. Utility standards address the information needs of intended users. Feasibility refers to the extent to which an evaluation is realistic, prudent, diplomatic, and frugal. Propriety refers to the properness of an evaluation in terms of meeting legal and ethical obligations. Accuracy pertains to the trustworthiness of evaluation data. Use of the PES as a framework for descriptive meta-evaluation of a single case illustrated the breadth of issues involved in curriculum evaluation and their interrelatedness. Furthermore, the PES helped to reveal strengths and weaknesses that served as starting points for further improvement of the evaluation.

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