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Personalizing evaluation is in the tradition of responsive and democratic evaluation. This process grew out of concerns about the distortions generated when we document a program as the principal or exclusive context within which to attribute significance to people's lives and work. It proposes, instead, the portrayal of people's lives and work as contexts within which to read the significance of a program—in pursuit of certain ameliorating effects. First, as well as holding people to account for the realization of program or policy aims, we can hold programs and policies to account for their capacity to respond to participants' aspirations and actions. Second, by contextualizing a program in a life or an event, we can better measure its significance independent of its political meaning. Personalizing ...

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