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A Participants Eye View of Program Development: How an Evolving Program Theory Model Came to Life through Annual Interviews With Participants in a Developmental Evaluation
University of Vermont.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (ETOUR)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3887-681X
National Park Service.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes the use of qualitative inquiry to provide a participants-eye-view of an evolving program theory model. The presentation discusses the approaches used to gather, analyze, and present qualitative data that illustrate the program's working model as part of a developmental evaluation. Initially, interview excerpts were used to illustrate how the program theory was "coming to life" as the first two cohorts of participants progressed through this multiyear program. This approach to data analysis and reporting offered a program-wide lens and set up a "call and response" interchange between the program theory, as envisioned by a broad group of stakeholders, and the perspectives of individual participants. Subsequently, brief case studies of several participants were compiled to provide an individualized view of the program theory in action. This paper also explores the benefits and drawbacks of this highly personalized approach to illustrating the working model of this small pilot program.

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2012.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18587Local ID: ETOUROAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18587DiVA: diva2:611047
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26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. October 24-27, 2012
Available from: 2013-03-14 Created: 2013-03-13 Last updated: 2014-07-08Bibliographically approved

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