Edward A. Suchman and the Scientific Approach to Evaluation

Part of the Evaluation in Education and Human Services book series (EEHS, volume 8)


A research scientist and a firm believer in the necessity to base conclusions primarily on scientific evidence, Edward Suchman considered that evaluation must be approached with the logic of scientific method. His work and writings during the 1960s, however, emphasized the need to assess programs in relation to their practical setting. For this reason he suggested specific criteria for assessing program success. His studies in the field of social sci ences, particularly public health, made him recognize that evaluation research is attended by practical constraints. Moreover, he stated that evaluation researchers, in their attempts to expose desirable and undesirable conse quences, must consider relevant values, especially those in conflict.


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© Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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