Outcomes Are Not enough: A Call For A More Comprehensive (And Useful) Program Evaluation

This article provides a brief overview of the history of program evaluation and the major paradigms that have driven program evaluation research while providing a good argument for why outcomes-based models are not good enough. Instead, to address the complexities and dynamic context in which educational interventions occur, the authors argue that program evaluation should ask did it work, how did it work, why did it work, and what (else) happened.—Sarang Kim, MD

Haji F, et al. Rethinking programme evaluation in health professions education: beyond “did it work?” Med Educ. 2013 Apr;47(4):342-51.

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