Shapiro, Joan Poliner; Reed, Beth
November 1984
Humanity & Society;Nov84, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p432
Academic Journal
The paper stresses that fact that "illuminative evaluation" is especially suited for feminist projects. The special attributes of illuminative evaluation seem to meet objections posed by feminist criticisms of traditional evaluative methodologies. In addition, the approach seems especially appropriate for feminist projects which are innovative and experimental in nature and for which evaluation as intervention can be extremely beneficial. In brief, the context for the study was a three-week institute which involved the two authors of the paper, one as an evaluative consultant and the other, as director. One major concern was compatibility of the assessment approach with feminist theoretical perspectives. The desire to be involved in the evaluative process, typical of feminist groups, was probably heightened in this particular context. In this highly participatory environment in which the focus was on feminist issues, the evaluation consultant learned that total neutrality and objectivity were neither expected nor desired by those involved in the project. Findings of the study also indicate that illuminative evaluation shows promise as one evaluation methodology compatible with feminist activity and theoretical concerns.


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