The Claremont Evaluation Center is pleased to offer a series of webinars on the discipline and profession of evaluation. This series is free and available to anyone across the globe with an internet connection. We strongly recommend updating your web browser before attempting to join the webinar.
Stewart Donaldson, Michael Scriven, Tarek Azzam, & Tiffany Berry: The Evaluation Scene & Introduction to the CEC Webinar Series.
Welcome to the inaugural webinar from the new-born Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC)! This (northern) spring we’re going to present a series of no-charge webinars and we hope you will tell your friends about them. We’ll start off with a talk by Directors Stewart Donaldson and Michael Scriven about the scene in evaluation today in the US and overseas, and why this suggested the founding of the Claremont Evaluation Center. Co-Directors Tarek Azzam and Tiffany Berry will serve as discussants. Finally, we will provide an overview of the spring webinar series and discuss the emerging evaluation issues that will be addressed. Click here to see a recording of this webinar.
March 14, 2013. 4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Michael Scriven: The Good Old Days and the Schizophrenic Break in the History of Evaluation.
Early evaluation by hominids began long before they had a language and it continued to be a large slice of our valuable knowledge until David Hume (c. 1770) raised doubts about the foundations for evaluative claims. These doubts were vastly amplified by the logical positivists who formulated “the doctrine of value-free science” at the turn into the 20th century. It was endorsed by the emerging social sciences, but it was ignored by all of the other great applied sciences e.g. medicine and engineering, setting up a schizophrenia that still continues today. Click here to see a recording of this webinar.
March 28, 2013. 4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Michael Scriven: The Only Cure—Regression and Reconstitution.
The only way to shed the remaining—often hidden—shackles of the value-free doctrine on the development of the social sciences, according to Scriven, is to provide an alternative to the entire positivist analysis. (The alternative offered by the qualitative methodology enthusiasts is not radical enough, although we can and should incorporate much of it.) Click here to see a recording of this webinar.
April 4, 2013. 4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Michael Scriven: The Future Bright.
With the new foundations under us we can now suggest the next two great missions for evaluation. The first is establishing it as the “alpha discipline” i.e. the discipline underlying quality control in science, technology, and their applications. The great step beyond the alpha role is the “exemplar role” in which the social sciences come to realize that their “fringe disciplines”—program evaluation, personnel evaluation, proposal evaluation, etc. must be treated as the model for applied social science not aberrations of it. Finally, there is the role of underpinning the ‘alpha value,’ i.e., ethics. Click here to see a recording of this webinar.
April 25, 2013. 4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific Time.
Michael Scriven: Practical Applications of the Reconstructed Discipline of Evaluation
Changing the foundations of evaluation to build on what we will call ‘the practical philosophy of science’ covered in webinar III, has huge implications for the status of evaluation in science, the humanities, and everyday practical life. In this webinar we will look at the implications for education K-18, medicine, and program evaluation, and perhaps others.