While improvement science has experienced a surge of interest over the past 30 years, applications of it are rare in the evaluation literature.
This issue promotes the cross-fertilization of ideas, techniques, and tools between evaluation and improvement science. There are at least four areas where this cross-fertilization is particularly relevant: learning from error, examining variation, appreciating context, and focusing on systems change. This volume considers:
- the conceptual similarities and distinctions between improvement science and evaluation;
- the intellectual foundations, methods, and tools that collectively comprise improvement science; and
- case chapters that offer an inspiring review of state-of-the-art improvement science applications.
This is the 153rd issue in the New Directions for Evaluation series from Jossey-Bass. It is an official publication ofthe American Evaluation Association.
Keywords: Education Special Topics