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The evaluator's role in valuing: Who and with whom

  • Author(s): Alkin, MC
  • Vo, AT
  • Christie, CA
  • et al.

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The act of valuing in an evaluation may be perceived in different ways. We consider the multiple theoretic perspectives that govern an evaluator's behavior and present a typology of evaluator valuing roles. Within this typology we describe three ways in which value judgments are typically reached-by stakeholders alone, stakeholders and evaluators in consort with each other, or by evaluators only. This heuristic offers a more explicit understanding of how valuing occurs in evaluation. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company, and the American Evaluation Association.

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