I didn’t blog last week. I made a choice: Get work off my desk before I left for my daughter’s commencement or write this week’s blog. I chose to get work off my desk, and even then didn’t get all the work done. Choices are tough. I often wonder if there is a right answer or just an answer with less consequences. I don’t know. I will continue to make choices; I will continue to weigh my options. I hope that I am doing “good”. I often wonder whether I am.

In evaluation, there are a lot of choices to make at any stage of the evaluation, beginning to end. Since most of the programs I evaluate have an educational focus, I found this quote meaningful. It comes from something David Foster Wallace is credited with (he is the author who is known for “how’s the water”) “Overall purpose of higher education is to be able to consciously choose how to perceive others, think about meaning, and act appropriately in everyday life.” Wallace argues that the “true freedom acquired through education is the ability to be adjusted, conscious, and sympathetic.”

Although not speaking specifically to evaluators, I think that his thoughts are germane to evaluation (substitute evaluation for higher education/education). Today I read a piece on some social media venue that reminded us to try to see life/things/items as others see them (the example used was a black/red book). I was reminded to consciously choose how to view things as others perceive them. And as a result of perceiving things as others see them perhaps I can act appropriately. The AEA guiding principlesGuiding principles and the Program Evaluation Standards The_Program_Evaluation_Standards_3ed help evaluators to  to hear voices of others; to act appropriately; to consciously choose what needs to be done. No easy task.


my two cents.


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3 thoughts on “Choice

  1. Every blog post makes a difference in some way, large or small, even if it only makes a difference in the life
    of the person who wrote it. If no one ends up reading a post, you still benefit from the experience of writing
    down your thoughts, similar to how you would in a diary. If others read your post, then they will be affected in
    a big or small way, depending on how relevant your message is to them. In short, you should definitely keep writing
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  2. I had a philosophy professor once who said there were always three options: positive, negative, and undecided. (That is, choose to do something; choose to not do something; or choose to not to decide to do something [not the same as choosing to not do something]). Choice is sometimes difficult; choice is sometimes by default. Hopefully, you are correct and choice does make a difference.

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