Stewart I. Donaldson

Stewart I. Donaldson
Claremont Graduate University · Claremont Evaluation Center

PhD

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January 2015 - December 2015
American Evaluation Association
Position
  • CEO
January 1995 - present
Claremont Graduate University
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  • Dean & Professor
January 1995 - present
Claremont Evaluation Center, Claremont Colleges, USA
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  • Managing Director

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Publications (203)
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Since the original call by Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) for a new science of happiness, excellence, and optimal human functioning, there has been an explosion of activity in, acclaim for, and criticism of positive psychology. The purpose of this study was to identify and examine the peer-reviewed literature linked to the positive psychology...
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The positive psychology movement seems to have stimulated new research and applications well beyond the discipline of traditional psychology. Among various areas of inquiry, research and scholarship about positive organizations has received considerable attention from both researchers and practitioners. The current review examined the scholarly lit...
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A growing body of empirical evidence suggests that PERMA (positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishments) may be a robust framework for the measurement, management and development of wellbeing. While the original PERMA framework made great headway in the past decade, its empirical and theoretical limitations were recently id...
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Evaluation is now a mainstream activity in American society. The demand for evaluation far exceeds the supply of professional evaluators who are highly trained and hold membership and regularly attend the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and/or other comparable regional or national Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs). T...
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A growing body of evidence suggests positive psychological capital (PsyCap) strongly predicts well-being and performance at work. However, most of this empirical research has used self-report survey designs, increasing the possibility of self-report and mono-method bias. The current study used a multitrait-multimethod (MTMM) research design and con...
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Self-report and monomethod bias threaten the validity of positive work and organizations research. The current study used multitrait-multimethod analyses to examine the relationship between PERMA+4 and work role performance (adaptivity, proactivity, and proficiency) beyond self-report and monomethod bias. Findings from 221 coworker pairs demonstrat...
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The contemporary version of the science of positive psychology introduced by Professors Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi at the turn of the 21st century rests on the shoulders of some of the earlier pioneers and thought leaders in the discipline and profession of psychology. Donaldson et al. recently systematically reviewed and analyzed...
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Realist evaluation has, over the past two decades, become a widely used approach in evaluation. The cornerstone of realist evaluation is to answer the question: What works, for whom, under what circumstances, and why. This is accomplished by explicating the causal mechanisms that, within a particular context, generate the outcomes of interest. Desp...
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Recent debates in the Journal of Positive Psychology about the nature and usefulness of PERMA have created confusion about its contribution toward the understanding and prediction of well-being. This empirical study was designed to clarify several issues that have emerged in these recent articles. Using a multi-trait multi-method (MTMM) research de...
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Positive organizational psychology interventions (POPIs) aim to generate positive and meaningful changes in the lives of workers and their organizations. This chapter explains the importance of rigorous measurement and strategic evaluation of the proposed POPIs as the key to achieving lasting success. An important distinction to make in the evaluat...
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The PERMA framework (Seligman 2011) presents five building blocks of well-being: positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. However, Seligman (2018) suggested the original five building blocks are highly predictive of well-being but certainly not exhaustive. This research attempted to expand the PERMA model in the wor...
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Positive psychology interventions (PPIs) in the workplace aim to improve important outcomes, such as increased work engagement, job performance, and reduced job stress. Numerous empirical studies have been conducted in recent years to verify the effects of these interventions. This paper provides a systematic review and the first meta-analysis of P...
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Realist evaluation has over the past two decades become a widely used approach in evaluation. The cornerstone of realist evaluation is to answer the question: what works for whom, under what circumstances. This is accomplished by explicating the causal mechanisms by which a program generates outcomes and the context within which it comes alive. Des...
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Positive Work and Organizations (PWO) continues to permeate organizations that desire to improve employee positive functioning. One aspect of PWO includes positive psychology interventions (PPIs) at work, which uses the theory and scholarship of positive work and organizations to design interventions aimed at improving employee work outcomes. A rec...
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The volume of empirical research on positive psychology topics has grown substantially over the past two decades. This review examines how constructs in positive psychology have been operationalized, measured, validated, cited, and applied to build the science. Based on an archive of 972 empirical articles linked to positive psychology, this review...
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This chapter explores that many major theories of romantic love have assumed that it generally fades over the course of relationships, and at best may evolve into a warm, calm, attachment bond. Other research and theoretical perspectives suggest that there might be natural mechanisms and adaptive functions that permit romantic love to thrive in lon...
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Since positive psychology originated in 1998 as an organized stream of inquiry in the United States, it has inspired new theory and research on human flourishing across the world. The current systematic review presents an overview of (a) the prevalence of scientific research in positive psychology across five continents and 63 countries, (b) the ch...
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In a 2014 AEA session, Stewart I. Donaldson shared his surprise that in his approach to evaluation of his own evaluands, he tends to be emotionally intuitive in addition to following the rational approaches he advocates to students and colleagues. He explores this discovery through reflection on experiences bridging multiple cultures in informal an...
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EvalPartners, a global movement to strengthen evaluation capacities and improve people's lives through evidence based decision making at international , national, regional, and local levels, declared 2015 the International Year of Evaluation in San Paulo Brazil in 2013 (EvalPartners, 2013). After a year of planning, 84 events were organized and par...
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The quest for credible and actionable evidence to improve decision making, foster improvement, enhance self-determination, and promote social betterment is now a global phenomenon. Evaluation theorists and practitioners alike have responded to and overcome the challenges that limited the effectiveness and usefulness of traditional evaluation approa...
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Since the establishment of the CE designation in 2009, CES has iteratively discussed the potential strengths and drawbacks of the program while also inquiring about areas for future growth. In June 2015, CES commissioned the Claremont Evaluation Center at Claremont Graduate University to design and implement a formative evaluation to help them impr...
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Since its formalization as a field in 1998, Positive Psychology has marshaled inquiry into the conditions that lead to thriving for individuals, groups, and institutions. This chapter discusses how positive psychology provides new perspectives for understanding demographic diversity – specifically gender, race, sexual orientation, and age – in the...
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One of the goals of the journal Evaluation was to advance theoretical and methodological understandings of evaluation. Twenty years later theory as understood in the field of evaluation is fragmented, a problem widely recognized in the evaluation community. The goal of this article is to make a modest contribution to clarifying this situation. We f...
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Positive psychology has been criticized for ignoring issues relevant to disenfranchised populations. This article presents the results of a 17-year review of the current state of theory and research in positive psychology with respect to issues related to gender, race, and ethnicity, representing an effort to evaluate the extent to which these crit...
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This chapter begins with an analysis of the prior status of the preparation of evaluators and what is going on currently in that regard. The varied, noticeably diverse, and growing options for individuals to enter the field are explained with some recent studies highlighted. The discussion goes beyond traditional university-based programs to includ...
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Since the original call by Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) for a new science of happiness, excellence, and optimal human functioning, there has been considerable momentum in the research in positive psychology (see Donaldson, Dollwet, & Rao, 2014). A systematic review of the literature explicitly linked to the positive psychology movement asse...
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One of the goals of the journal Evaluation was to advance theoretical and methodological understandings of evaluation. Twenty years later theory as understood in the field of evaluation is fragmented, a problem widely recognized in the evaluation community. The goal of this article is to make a modest contribution to clarifying this situation. We f...
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Strengths-based approaches to empowering individuals, groups, communities and organizations have gained considerable popularity in recent years. The research and practice of strengths-related approaches in psychological and social justice practice primarily focuses on assessments used to identify strengths and develop interventions. However, there...
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The need for high-quality evaluation is an important factor in many international development projects. These projects often have ambitious outcomes that are not easy to measure and evaluate. Such outcomes include the project's ability to build capacity, influence policy, form networks, help other organizations perform, foster innovation, and enhan...
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The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution.-Albert Einsten Michael Scriven often shares stories of his meetings with Albert Einsten and the frame-breaking evaluation revolution he has led against the value free doctrine of the social sciences. Both his wide-eyed graduate students and the more grizzled eval...
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During the past decade, the winds and raucous waves of positive psychology have altered the landscape and brought new life to the profession and discipline of psychology. Since Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) proffered the positive psychology manifesto at the turn of the century, an amazing plethora of books, articles, research investigations,...
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This chapter discusses the concept of validity as it applies to outcome evaluation. We address the historical adoption and contributions of the Campbellian typology to evaluation. We also discuss related criticisms and controversies and address future directions. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association.
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This chapter describes a concrete process that stakeholders can use to make predictions about the future performance of programs in local contexts. Within the field of evaluation, the discussion of validity as it relates to outcome evaluation seems to be focused largely on questions of internal validity (Did it work?) with less emphasis on external...
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This compelling work brings together leading social psychologists and evaluators to explore the intersection of these two fields and how their theory, practices, and research findings can enhance each other. An ideal professional reference or student text, the book examines how social psychological knowledge can serve as the basis for theory-driven...
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Evaluation practice has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years. In contrast, the most recent survey data suggest that there has been a sharp decline in the number and strength of preservice evaluation training programs in the United States. In an effort to further understand this curious trend, an alternative methodology was used to examine the...
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Background: Hundreds of evaluators visit the Claremont Colleges in southern California each year to discuss a wide range of topics related to improving the quality of evaluation practice. Debates between thought leaders in the field have been one of the most popular and informative ways to advance understanding about how best to practice evaluation...
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The problem and the solution. Though much has been written on the topic of career development, the human resource development field has paid little attention to the ways in which career development programs are evaluated.The lack of sound evidence for the effectiveness of career development interventions may be because of the overreliance on Kirkpa...
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The problem and the solution. Though much has been written on the topic of career development, the human resource development field has paid little attention to the ways in which career development programs are evaluated.The lack of sound evidence for the effectiveness of career development interventions may be because of the overreliance on Kirkpa...
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Program Theory-Driven Evaluation Science fills the gap between 21st century literature on evaluation and what is happening in practice. it features detailed examples of how evaluations actually unfold in practice to develop people, programs, and organizations. Commonly accepted strategies for practicing evaluation are outlined, followed by comprehe...
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ABSTRACT Sixty-five subjects were assessed by a computer program that asked them to list the primary people they interact with, the situations they inhabit with these people, and the traits and behaviors they typically show with these people The program stored these data as a tree of information Subjects also kept detailed behavioral diaries over a...