I tweeted the other day and asked my tweeps(twitter people, followers, for the twitter novice) what “evaluation great” they would like to take to lunch. I quickly tweeted a couple of my own, Ralph Tyler, known by some as the “Father of Evaluation”, I referenced him in my first blog post. I also included MQP (Michael Quinn Patton) because this is where I got my start in evaluation, reading his literature from this very book: Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods while working on a project in undergrad on identity development and young adult African Americans.
To have some discussions about the early days of evaluation, in comparison to how evaluation plays a role in society today would be an amazing exchange. I particularly like Patton’s insights and his answer to the question: What is the hardest thing to teach about evaluation, in an article by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Check out his answer in the link above, I’m not going to tell it all! I could see a conversation on that question alone going on for days because it is so critical to utilization focused evaluation.
So, I will pose the same question to you, if you could take any evaluation great to lunch, who would it be? What would you talk about?
Think about it: Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for evaluators, like Take an Evaluator to Lunch Day or an extended Evaluator Awareness Month dedicated to demystifying the profession?
*Just this month we’ve already had Don’t Go to Work Unless It’s Fun Day (April 3rd), Tell a Lie Day (April 4th), Look Up at the Sky Day (April 12th), Blame Somebody Else Day (April 13th), and today is Tell a Good Story Day!