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NCJ Number: 31574 Find in a Library
Title: CONSIDERING THE CASE AGAINST EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATIONS OF SOCIAL INNOVATIONS
Journal: ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCE QUARTERLY  Volume:15  Dated:(MARCH 1970)  Pages:110-113
Author(s): D T CAMPBELL
Corporate Author: Cornell University
United States of America
Date Published: 1970
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE AUTHOR SUPPORTS USING 'HARD-HEADED' RESEARCH DESIGNS TO EVALUATE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS AND CRITICIZES CONTRARY SUGGESTIONS BY WEISS AND REIN.
Abstract: THE MAJOR DISAGREEMENT IS WITH THE CONCEPT OF THE EXPERIEMNTAL METHOD AND ALTERNATIVE METHODOLOGY PROPOSED. ACCORDING TO CAMPBELL, THERE IS STILL WIDESPREAD A MISLEADING FAITH IN OPERATIONAL DEFINITIONS AND CRITERION VARIABLES. HE ARGUES THAT WE SHOULD ASPIRE TO MULTIPLE MODES OF MEASUREMENT, AS WELL AS MULTIPLE ASPECTS AND PERSPECTIVES. THIS WOULD INCLUDE LESS THAN PERFECT CONTROL GROUPS, NO-EFFECT OUTCOMES, AND A FOCUS ON PROCESS AND EFFECTS.
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Program evaluation
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