Creative Evaluation is both entertaining and stimulating reading for the practising evaluator looking for fruitful new ways of approaching evaluation research, training and consultation. The author's basic themes include the necessity for evaluators to recognize the limitations of routine response patterns, the value of situational responsiveness and the need to test new approaches and perspectives. Patton lets readers discover their own creative potential by guiding them towards expanding their options through a new awareness of the standard operating procedures evaluators fall back on and their usual way of doing things. This revised second edition is geared more closely to the professional evaluator than the first edition.
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