Establishing a Unified Vision in Collaborative Evaluations

By Liliana Rodríguez-Campos.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A vision is a statement that shows an anticipation of the ideal level to be reached (in terms of results) at the end of the collaborative evaluation. Therefore, a unified evaluation vision is the representation of what you and the collaboration members (CMs) believe that the future should be as a consequence of the collaborative evaluation. It shows the gap between present and future, so you and the CMs can take measures on what you need to do to close this gap. The evaluation vision should be seen from a systemic point of view as well, in terms of how it fits within the overall effort. Hence, it is important that everyone involved in the collaborative evaluation have a practical understanding of it. This includes from simply understanding the connection of the vision to the daily activities, to the awareness of its impact on the strategic choices to be made.

Keywords: Collaboration, Collaborative Evaluation, Evaluation, Mental Models, Patterns, System, Vision.

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 11, pp.143-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.995KB).

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Faculty Member, Department of Educational Studies, Western Michigan University, USA

Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received an Outstanding Dissertation Award, and a WMU Provost’s Special Recognition for this Ph.D. Also, as part of her educational background, she earned her Bachelor's in Systems Engineering with Honorific Mention, and her Specialist and Master's degrees in Project Management in Engineering with Summa Cum Laude Honors. Furthermore, she received a WMU President's Special Recognition for her second Master's degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. Dr. Rodríguez has been awarded with several honors and educational scholarships both in Venezuela and the United States. She has been a planning and control manager, and a consultant in the private sector, non-profit organizations as well as institutions of higher education. Dr. Rodríguez's work history includes the formative evaluation of multi-national corporations and evaluation capacity-building projects in Latin America, the Philippines, and the United States. Dr. Rodríguez has designed and delivered numerous workshops and courses at the university level in evaluation/metaevaluation, research, informatics, consulting, project planning, and control management. She has written a variety of publications in Spanish and in English on leadership, organizational engineering, and evaluation approaches that bring stakeholder groups together For example, she is the author of Collaborative Evaluations: A Step-by-Step Model for the Evaluator. In addition, she has presented her work in national and international conferences in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela. Currently, Dr. Rodríguez is the Evaluation Faculty Member in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Program at WMU. She is a member of several professional associations such as Project Management Institute, American Evaluation Association, Michigan Association for Evaluation, and American Educational Research Association, among others. She serves as a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee and as a board member at the Michigan Association for Evaluation. She also serves on the board of directors at the Evaluation Capacity Development Group and as a co-chair of the Collaboration, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Rodríguez’s expertise with leadership, metaevaluation, multi-cultural and collaborative evaluation capacity building, project management, organizational engineering, and training are her strongest professional contributions.

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