The authors use the tools of philosophy and the insights from evaluation practice to cut through current confusion about values and the interplay of facts and values. Four views of facts and values in evaluation are analyzed: those rooted in a fact-value dichotomy and those of radical constructivists, postmodernists, and deliberative democrats. The arguments are tough, the prose concise, and the insights compelling.

The Deliberative Democratic View

The deliberative democratic view

During the 1980s, the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division (PEMD) of the U.S. General Accounting Office was the most highly regarded evaluation unit in Washington. Its director, Eleanor Chelimsky (1998), has provided a valuable summary of what she learned over her years as head of that office. One of her ...

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