9780470589212

Knowledge Utilization, Diffusion, Implementation, Transfer, and Translation New Directions for Evaluation, Number 124

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    9780470589212

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    0470589213

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-12
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Summary

This volume teams up familiar literature in knowledge utilization with related theories of diffusion, implementation, transfer, and translation. Each of these knowledge-for-action theories is reviewed for its disciplinary roots, assumptions about change, key variables, and contextual influences. Cross-talk among these heretofore parallel theories identifies priorities and implications for evaluation practice.This issue provides evaluators with multiple lenses to capture change, including a consideration of complexity, rather than succumb to single-discipline perceptions of value. If we think about the new knowledge enshrined within a policy or program under evaluation as the foreground, then complexity invites evaluators to think more critically about the background, that is, the dynamic properties of the setting or system into which a policy program is introduced and the implications this raises for evaluation.This is the 124th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 1
Editors' Notesp. 3
Knowledge-for-Action Theories in Evaluation: Knowledge Utilization, Diffusion, Implementation, Transfer, and Translationp. 7
This chapter introduces, summarizes, and compares five knowledge-for-action theories and their implications for evaluation practice. It highlights key variables in a table.
Knowledge Utilization: Implications for Evaluationp. 21
This chapter presents a review of the knowledge utilization literature; identifies key models, concepts, and variables relevant to evaluation practice; and applies knowledge utilization concepts to a case study.
Innovation Diffusion: Implications for Evaluationp. 35
This chapter presents a review of the diffusion literature; identifies key models, concepts, and variables relevant to evaluation practice; and applies diffusion concepts to a case study.
Policy Implementation: Implications for Evaluationp. 47
This chapter presents a review of the policy implementation literature; identifies key models, concepts, and variables relevant to evaluation practice; and applies policy implementation concepts to a case study.
The Transfer Process: Implications for Evaluationp. 61
This chapter presents a review of the transfer literature; identifies key models, concepts, and variables relevant to evaluation practice; and applies transfer concepts to a case study.
Knowledge Translation: Implications for Evaluationp. 75
This chapter presents a review of the translation literature; identifies key models, concepts, and variables relevant to evaluation practice; and applies translation concepts to a case study.
Knowledge Theories Can Inform Evaluation Practice: What Can a Complexity Lens Add?p. 89
This chapter illustrates some new directions for evaluation based on complex adaptive systems thinking.
Postscriptp. 101
Indexp. 103
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