Hear from evaluation practitioners throughout Latin America. Inthis region program evaluation is an emergent practice, one that isshaped by distinctive geopolitical and social contexts and has itsown intellectual biography.
Through a selection of writings and cases this issue provides awindow on program evaluation in this region. The articles indicatea range of experiences and concerns that respond to thecountries' unique histories and cultures. Articles byevaluators from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, andPeru illustrate new directions and are grouped around the followingthemes:
* Strategic use of evaluation in public policies and activecitizenship
* Innovative project evaluation examples
* Evaluation capacity building and institutionalization.
The widespread development of participatory or actor-orientedapproaches, based on qualitative methodologies that have aparticularly Latin American stamp, are emphasized in thisissue.
This is the 134th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly reportseries New Directions for Evaluation, an officialpublication of the American Evaluation Association.