Evaluators need to have a realistic understanding of the context of evaluations, the political uses of evaluations, and the conditions under which information from evaluations are used to advance stakeholder, agency, and sponsor interests. For this Discussion, consider various public programs and evaluations from this course and your professional experience.
Respond by Day 5 to two colleagues in one of the following ways:
- Explain whether you agree or disagree with the reasons your colleague provided for why a program like D.A.R.E—or other federal programs he or she selected—are ineffective. Support your rationale.
- Explain whether you agree or disagree with your colleague’s explanation on how evaluations should be used. Support your rationale.