Goal-Free Evaluation: An Orientation for Foundations’ Evaluations

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Goal-free evaluation (GFE), in program evaluation, is a model in which the official or stated program goals and objectives are withheld or screened from the evaluator. Several obstacles must be overcome in persuading foundations and programs to consider GFE as a viable option, because both tend to view goal attainment as intuitively and inextricably linked to evaluation.

This article presents the case for GFE as a perspective that belongs in a foundation’s toolbox. In particular, this article demonstrates GFE’s actual use, highlights aspects of its methodology, and details its potential benefits.


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This article demonstrates Goal Free Evaluation’s actual use, highlights aspects of its methodology, and details its potential benefits.


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January 2014


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Brandon W. Youker and Allyssa Ingraham


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Program Level Learning and Evaluation

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