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However, as we shall see, program evaluation can and does involve examining much more than goal attainment, for example, implementation, program processes, unanticipated consequences, and long-term impacts. Goal at- • 23 tainment, then, takes too narrow a focus to encompass the variety of ways program evaluation can be useful. Another common definition states that evaluation determines the worth, merit, or value of something (Joint Committee on Standards 1994; House 1993:1; Scriven 1991a: 139).
In short, we are establishing the program's readiness for evaluation. Generating Real Questions One way of facilitating a program's readiness for evaluation is to take primary intended users through a process of generating meaningful evaluation questions. I find that when I enter a new program setting as an external evaluator, the people with whom I'm working typically expect me to tell them what the focus of the evaluation will be. They're passively waiting to be told by the evaluation expert— me—what questions the evaluation will answer.
So I went up to Winnipeg and met with the division administrators, a representative from the parents' group, a representative from the principals' group, and a representative from the teachers' union. I had asked that all constituencies be represented in order to establish credibility with all the people who might be involved in using the evaluation. Inasmuch as I had been brought in from outside by a superordinate official, it was not surprising that I encountered reactions ranging from defensiveness to outright hostility.