Evaluating with Validity

Ernest R. House, University of Colorado

Published 2010

This reissued book is one of the key works that influenced and shaped the contemporary evaluation field. The book developed a new, expanded conception of the validity of evaluation studies, based on broad criteria of truth, beauty, and justice. It also presented a widely-used typology of evaluation approaches and critiqued these approaches with the validity criteria. Its long term influence is demonstrated by the book, (published in 1980) and criteria being prominently featured in the overall theme for the forthcoming American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in November, 2010.

Acknowledgments. Preface. I. Approaches to Evaluation. 1. The Evaluator in Society. 2. The Major Approaches. 3. Assumptions Underlying the Approaches. II. Standards for Evaluation—Truth, Beauty, and Justice. 4. The Logic of Evaluative Argument. 5. Coherence and Credibility: The Aesthetics. 6. Justice. III. Principles of Evaluation. 7. Democratizing Evaluation. 8. Fair Evaluation Agreement. 9. Power and Deliberation. IV. Meta-Evaluation. 10. The Objectivity, Fairness, and Justice of Federal Evaluation Policy. 11. A Critique of the Approaches. 12. Conducting Valid Evaluations. Appendix A: An Analysis of the Logic of an Evaluation. Appendix B: Naturalistic Evaluation. Appendix C: An Evaluation Agreement. References. About the Author