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The Evaluation Society$
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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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The Changing Nature of Warfare

(p.226) Epilogue
The Evaluation Society
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This concluding chapter identifies issues that are relevant for the work of evaluators and for the future of evaluation. It demonstrates how the analysis presented in this book highlights a type of thinking about evaluation; this thinking is shown to be an alternative to the current self-understanding of modern evaluation practices. Furthermore, it shows that this line of thinking is not reserved for evaluators alone. This chapter reiterates that those who want to understand the expectations, norms, and values that evaluators and others knowingly (and at times, unknowingly) bring to evaluation should have a basic understanding of it first. More specifically, their understanding must focus on how evaluation is ordered, designed, and shaped by society and organization, the two primary principles of social order in modernity.

Keywords:   evaluators, evaluation, alternative thinking, society, organization, social order, modernity, evaluation

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