Evaluation in Today’s World

Evaluation in Today’s World

Respecting Diversity, Improving Quality, and Promoting Usability

Veronica G. Thomas, Patricia B. Campbell


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Understand how to implement high-quality evaluations within different cultural contexts in the world.
Evaluation in Today’s World: Respecting Diversity, Improving Quality, and Promoting Usability is a timely and comprehensive textbook that guides students, practitioners, and users of evaluations in understanding evaluation purposes, theories, methodologies, and challenges within today’s sociocultural and political context. Veronica G. Thomas and Patricia B. Campbell include discussions of evaluation history, frameworks, models, types, planning, and methods, through a social justice, diversity, and inclusive lens. The authors focus on ethics in diverse cultural contexts, help readers understand how social problems and programs get politicized and, sometimes, framed through a racialized lens, show how to engage stakeholders in the evaluation process, and communicate results in culturally appropriate ways.


Veronica G. Thomas:
Veronica G. Thomas, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University. She also serves as the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement (ECI) Director for the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical Translational Sciences (GHUCCTS). Her research interests include culturally responsive evaluation, physical and psychological well-being of Black families, with particular emphasis on women and girls, and the academic and professional development of students of color. Over the years, Dr. Thomas has published work in numerous refereed journals including the American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Journal of Community Genetics, Journal of Black Psychology, International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling (British spelling), Family Relations, Adolescence, Educational Leadership, Journal of Adult Development, Review of Research in Education, Journal of Negro Education, Sex Roles, Journal of Social Psychology, Women and Health, and the Journal of the National Medical Association. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and the Women’s College Coalition. Dr. Thomas major professional associations include the American Evaluation Association (AEA), American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2019, she received the AEA Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Scholarly Leader Award for scholarship that has contributed to social justice-oriented, equity-focused, and/or culturally responsive literature.|||Patricia B. Campbell, PhD, is the president of Campbell-Kibler Associates, Inc. She has been involved in research and evaluation with a focus on issues of race/ethnicity, gender and disability for many years.  Formerly an associate professor of research, measurement and statistics at Georgia State University, Dr. Campbell is an Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Fellow and was awarded the Willystine Goodsell Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Betty Vetter Award by the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).  Dr. Campbell has authored more than 100 publications including coauthoring Building Evaluation Capacity: Guide I Designing A Cross Project Evaluation and Guide II Collecting and Using Data in Cross-Project Evaluations; A Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects, Good Schools in Poor Neighborhoods: Defying Demographics; Achieving Success“and The AAUW Report: How Schools Shortchange Girls.. Dr. Campbell’s websites include www .BeyondRigor.org, which provides easy to use tips to improve the quality of evaluations with diverse populations and www.FairerScience.org which provides researcher and evaluators with tips and tools to more effectively communicate their diversity related research and evaluation findings to the media and the public. In addition Dr. Campbell participates in a variety professional activities include conducting educational evaluation and research training in South Africa and Uganda and serving as an expert witness in the Citadel sex discrimination case.