Methodologist to discuss user-focused evaluation approach Feb. 24

Greg Welch
Greg Welch

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools will continue its 2011-2012 Research Methodology Series with a presentation from Greg Welch, a research assistant professor with the CYFS Statistics and Research Methodology Unit.

Welch will present “Evaluation for Specific Users and Specific Purposes: The Utilization Focused Evaluation,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 24 in 265 Mabel Lee Hall. The presentation is free and requires no registration.

Welch will address the basic premises of the Utilization Focused Evaluation approach, which aims to maximize the value and application of an evaluation according to its primary stakeholders and their reasons for using it.

After discussing the role of UFE across multiple types of evaluations and settings, Welch will outline the steps for successfully implementing it. He will also illustrate the importance of establishing relationships with stakeholders and empowering them in the evaluation process. The presentation will conclude with a summary of UFE’s strengths and weaknesses, including an examination of situations that do and do not warrant its use.

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