Elizabeth Whitmore

Elizabeth Whitmore
Carleton University · School of Social Work

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Introduction
Elizabeth Whitmore is Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, Carleton University. Her current work, in collaboration with J. Bradley Cousins and Lyn Shuhla, is focused on collaborative approaches to evaluation.

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How do evaluators using collaborative approaches to evaluation (CAE) define success? This is the core question being asked in a further analysis of data from our previous work ( Cousins, Whitmore, & Shulha, 2013 ; Shulha et al., 2016) that developed a set of evidence-based principles to guide collaborative evaluation practice. Probing data from 320...
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Objectives: In this exploratory study, we wanted to know how evaluators differentiate collaborative approaches to evaluation (CAE) perceived to be successful from those perceived to be less-than-successful. Method: In an online questionnaire survey, we obtained 320 responses from evaluators who practice CAE (i.e., evaluations on which program st...
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This article introduces a set of evidence-based principles to guide evaluation practice in contexts where evaluation knowledge is collaboratively produced by evaluators and stakeholders. The data from this study evolved in four phases: two pilot phases exploring the desirability of developing a set of principles; an online questionnaire survey that...
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Neoliberal efforts to extend the impact of the market on social life have been ongoing for several decades – and so has resistance to these efforts. In this article, key developments and effects of neoliberalism in Canada are outlined, especially those of most significance to social work. Within the current context, the work of civil society organi...
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In this article, we critique two recent theoretical developments about collaborative inquiry in evaluation—using logic models as a means to understand theory, and efforts to compartmentalize versions of collaborative inquiry into discrete genres—as a basis for considering future direction for the field. We argue that collaborative inquiry in evalua...
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In this commentary, a longtime admirer of Cousins and Whitmore discusses why their 1998 article on participatory evaluation made an important contribution to the field.This chapter posits two principal streams of participatory evaluation, practical participatory evaluation and transformative participatory evaluation, and compares them on a set of d...
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This chapter posits two principal streams of participatory evaluation, practical participatory evaluation and transformative participatory evaluation, and compares them on a set of dimensions relating to control, level, and range of participation. The authors then situate them among other forms of collaborative evaluations.
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Reflections on theory from practice are addressed.
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Globalization has become a seemingly unstoppable force over recent decades and, in its wake, global notions of social justice have developed in response to its negative aspects. Neo-liberal economic policies have been a key element in the wider process of globalization, and these policies have had a profound impact on welfare provision and the shap...
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This chapter is the fruit of discussions among several evaluators with feminist inclinations. The authors explore numerous ideas or guidelines pertinent to feminist inquiry and begin the conversation that continues throughout this volume.
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This chapter completes the volume with reflections on what we have learned from this exploration and what pathways we must now follow.
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With the globalization of world economies, development of social policy has also become transnational. In light of the devastating human consequences of globalization and the ineffectiveness of ameliorative efforts rooted in neoliberal “economic correctness,” effective leadership is most likely to come from those rooted in popular struggles. To cre...
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The six chapters of this theme issue present participatory evaluation as a viable and creative addition to contemporary evaluation practice. Practical and transformative participatory evaluation streams are identified, and participatory evaluation is illustrated through case studies. (SLD)
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This paper addresses the question of effectiveness in international development practice. An experience of North-South collaboration to strengthen the social work program at Nicaragua's Universidad Centroamericana is described and discussed in the context of a critical discussion of evaluative literature on international development assistance prog...
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This paper explores issues in North-South development partnership, in the context of an experience of South-North cooperation in integrating gender awareness into social work curriculum in Nicaragua. Reflections on this experience produce a recommendation of acompañamiento as a model of international development practice. Informed by a ‘gender and...
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International aid and development efforts to date have been a dismal failure, with an increasing impoverishment of the world's poor and especially of women. This disastrous record results not just from the inappropriateness of the dominant growth/trickle-down models but also from a failure to appropriately incorporate gender analysis. It is argued...
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Growing out of the authors' experiences with two evaluation audits, this article builds upon the discussion of evaluation audits begun in Greene et al. (Evaluation Review, August, 1988). The article highlights thefollowingfour issues salient to evaluation audits: (1) the importance of thorough contract negotiations and the orientation to the evalua...
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In order to accommodate the large numbers of older women who are entering universities, institutions of higher education need to examine assumptions about how adults -particularly women students -learn. The distinctive life tasles of women reflect a particular need for self-fulftllment and gaining control over their lives. Inherent in the notion of...
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This exploratory study investigates what adults learn through participation in community groups. An iterative content analysis was conducted on transcripts from ten in-depth interviews with active members of community groups throughout upstate New York. This process yielded 259 learning statements which were then classified into 8 learning categori...
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This exploratory study investigates what adults learn through participation in community groups. An iterative content analysis was conducted on transcripts from ten in-depth interviews with active members of community groups throughout upstate New York. This process yielded 259 learning statements which were then classified into 8 learning categori...
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One rationale for implementing a particular evaluation approach is the empowerment of stakeholders. Evaluation as empowerment and possible links between empowerment and increased utilization of evaluation results are explored. Evaluation as empowerment assumes that individuals need to be personally productive and responsible in coping with their en...

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