The Eastern Evaluation Research Society Hosts New Conference Event to Honor Eleanor Chelimsky

View video excerpts from the Eastern Evaluation Research Society's (EERS) plenary session.

Two well-known authorities in the field of evaluation, Michael Quinn Patton and Tom Schwandt, discuss new and persistent problems in the fit between theory and practice, and propose solutions to resolve the problems. Laura C. Leviton, Senior Adviser for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, facilitated the session.

Eleanor Chelimsky Forum

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Origin of the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum

Through the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), EERS has launched the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum.

The genesis of the Forum derives from a plenary paper titled, Balancing Theory and Practice in the Real World, authored by Eleanor Chelimsky, for the 2012 EERS Annual Conference. Recognizing the interdependence of evaluation theory and practice for developing best practices, and the often divergent views of theorists and practitioners regarding what should be considered as important, Chelimsky recommended that a forum be established to mediate the divide between “principle and context.”Her vision was that theory and practice would inform each other and,

in that learning process, both would be inspired to stretch, to bend a little, to grow,” thereby adding “breadth, depth and realism to our work.”

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Establishing the Eleanor Chelimsky Forum at the Eastern Evaluation Research Society's annual conference

To integrate practice and theory for the field of evaluation through four innovative evaluation projects.

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