Reviewing the evaluation: a methodological issue applied to a case of reflexive and participative evaluation in day care centre
The evaluation of an evaluation is considered a categorical imperative in any theory or approach to evaluation. However, different models to be used in order to conduct the evaluation experiences also involve different parameters that must be followed to evaluate them. We will present this issue by referring to two twin educational evaluation experiences conducted following an approach freely inspired on the evaluation of IV generation by Guba and Lincoln; the approach, named “promoting from within”, has been developed over the course of twenty years by implementing concrete experiences of evaluation and analyzing them. It is an approach that emphasizes the participative, dialogical and reflective dimensions of the evaluation and which, as a consequence, requests that the experiences conducted in reference to it are evaluated in this key too. The analysis of the experience gained, which is the focal point of this contribution, is not so much aimed at demonstrating the
effectiveness of the evaluation process undertaken and carried out, but on how to propose the assessment of the evaluation as an integral part of the actual process itself.
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