Cautions on the use of investigative case studies in meta-evaluation

Nick L. Smith

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When descriptive case study methods are used to conduct meta-evaluations, an additional evaluative component must be employed to render judgments of worth. In the case of combining connoisseurial evaluation with naturalistic case study methods, special problems arise with the justification of claims. A major meta-evaluation employing these methods is reviewed to demonstrate the difficulties with this approach to meta-evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-378
Number of pages6
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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