The meta-evaluation is a privileged instrument of evaluation research. It goes beyond an analysis of the results, but focuses on the quality of practices, methods, theoretical logic and more importantly on the fact that evaluations should be usable. The meta-evaluation refers to the process of forming a value judgment on one or more thematic evaluations, or on a given project or on a policy focusing not only on the quality criteria given by professional standards but asking questions of the usefulness of the evaluation from the perspective of users and Society in general. Evaluation quality doesn't only refer to scientific validity but it is also important to take into account the social purposes of the evaluation. "Metaevaluation is the evaluation of evaluation" (Scriven, 1969).
The objective of this seminar is twofold. Firstlty, the morning will be devoted to a theoretical return to the concept of meta-evaluation, in order to clarify the contours from a reading of the principal authors of the literature. The issue of usability and capitalizable meta-evaluation evaluations will be at the center of the discussion. Secondly, three case studies of meta-evaluation will be presented on the afternoon.
4th seminar of the RCEPP (Network of Researchers on Policy and Programme Evaluation) the 18th of April 2013 – AgroParisTech