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In the Long Run
In the long run

Everyone wants to succeed, and program evaluators are no different. The motivation to succeed stems from two sources: the desire for personal success and for professional success. A happy circumstance in program evaluation is that they are often interlocked. Achieving personal success frequently derives from professional success. To advance ourselves, we program evaluators must achieve program improvement, and to improve programs, we must exhibit certain personal characteristics.

I have yet to meet anyone engaged in conducting program evaluations who was not concerned with advancing his or her individual interests. It is a natural human characteristic, and savvy evaluators acknowledge this in themselves as well as in others. Evaluators want to get promoted. They want increased financial gain, and they ...

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