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Talks at Twelve: Leslie Goodyear, Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice
Leslie Goodyear, Education Development Center

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

How can evaluators integrate qualitative inquiry into their evaluation practice? Where does qualitative inquiry fit into well-known evaluation approaches such as Utilization-Focused Evaluation or Participatory Evaluation, or for that matter, Theory-Driven Evaluation? What do practicing evaluators learn about these intersections when they practice qualitative evaluation? And, what constitutes high-quality qualitative evaluation? Leslie Goodyear will focus on these theoretical and practical issues and share a framework for thinking about quality in qualitative evaluation when she presents an overview of her new book, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice.

Leslie Goodyear brings nearly 20 years of experience evaluating educational initiatives domestically and internationally, in both formal and informal educational settings. At the Education Development Center (EDC), Leslie leads multiple evaluation studies and coordinates evaluation capacity building activities across the Learning and Teaching Division. From 2009 to 2012, she took a leave from EDC to serve as a program officer at the National Science Foundation. In addition to her day job, Leslie is the associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, lead editor of Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice (2014), and serves on a number of committees for AEA. Leslie received a Master of Science and her Ph.D. from the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.

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