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Evaluation and Action Research

An Integrated Framework to Promote Data Literacy and Ethical Practices

Linnea L. Rademaker and Elena Y. Polush

Publication Date - 25 January 2022

ISBN: 9780190921729

200 pages
7 x 10 inches

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Explores the potential of integrating action research and evaluation frameworks to encourage knowledge democracy, data literacy, and ethical practices


Today's societies require research approaches that are creative, sensitive to cultural and contextual diversity, rooted in engagement and critical dispositions, and situated within local contexts. Action research and evaluation are inquiries into and about human lives. Both modes generate actionable data in specific contexts to facilitate positive social change and to further social justice.
This book explores the potential of integrating action research and evaluation frameworks to encourage knowledge democracy, data literacy, and ethical practices. The authors draw a clear connection between program enactment and program goals, investigating the processes of design, qualitative and quantitative data collection, and analysis, and mixed methods considerations. Key questions include: why is new research paradigm needed? How do we define data literacy? How do we understand equitable societies? Working from the belief that knowledge is created constantly in our world by those in real-world settings and practical contexts, Evaluation and Action Research provides practitioners with an accessible guide to better inform practice and decision making.


  • Presents new framework that integrates action research and evaluation
  • Emphasizes stakeholder inclusion so that leaders and practitioners in different settings can adequately investiage problems in their organization
  • Develops an approach and framework designed to encourage ethical practices and knowledge democracy

About the Author(s)

Linnea L. Rademaker is Professor in the School of Educational Leadership at Abilene Christian University. She currently leads educational leadership doctoral students towards completed dissertations and has designed and taught courses in qualitative and action research, as well as organizational evaluation and assessment.

Elena Y. Polush is a Lecturer in the School of Educational at Iowa State University. She has been active in teaching research methods, evaluation, and assessment courses since 2009, and she has also conducted extensive evaluation work on the federal and state level.

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. Evaluation/Action Research Integrated Framework: Participative and Collaborative

    Chapter 2. Determining a Purpose and a Focus

    Chapter 3. Getting Down to the Design: Determining Our Examination Main Questions and Appropriate Designs

    Chapter 4. Qualitative Data Collection/Quantitative Data Collection; Mixed-Methods Considerations

    Chapter 5. Ethical Challenges in Action Research and Evaluation: Reflecting on Tensions

    Interlude: Preface to Data Analysis and Informing Data Literacy

    Chapter 6. Qualitative Data Analysis

    Chapter 7. Quantitative Data Analysis

    Chapter 8. Mixed-Methods: Integrating Data Analyses to Gain Comprehensive Understanding of Problems, Contexts, and Stakeholder Needs

    Chapter 9. Revisiting Our Integrated Model: Focus on Facilitating Social Justice and Equitable Societies



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