The Muvanim team uses a multi-dimensional approach to evaluation.
With this approach, our evaluations:
Use a wide range of qualitative and quantitative tools;Occur at a number of different points in time;Examine processes comprehensively, both in breadth and in depth;Include formative and summative aspects
Multi-dimensional evaluation creates a detail-rich picture of the situation. This picture then forms the basis for ongoing dialog between the evaluator and the client. This dialog is essential to any significant evaluation process if the client is to be capable of applying the results during the process and at its conclusion.
Behind Our Evaluation Concept
The multi-dimensional evaluation approach stems from: The postmodernist situation; Current approaches to evaluation.
a) Post-modernism – in the last few decades, western society has undergone a process that has completely changed its appearance. This process, known as the post-modernist revolution consists of a series of dramatic life-changing processes that occur in all realms of life, sometimes changing our life from one extreme to another. Postmodernist characteristics include multiple points of view unlinked by any hierarchy, multiple assessment criteria but an absence of deductive procedure, multiple narratives but an absence of any uniting principle to help describe or interpret the reality, recognition of the absolute importance of the concept in the perception of the reality and the multiple legitimate interpretations of this reality.
While these characteristics make the evaluation difficult to perform, the multi-dimensional evaluation provides a way to overcome some of these difficulties because it generates a detail-rich description of the world picture, based on many points of view, which is therefore more likely to be relevant for the client.
b) Participatory Approach in Evaluation – current approaches in evaluation emphasize the partnership aspect of the evaluator – client relationship. This aspect requires constant dialog and cooperation between the evaluator and the client during the different evaluation stages. This type of dialog helps to create a detail-rich picture of reality that is relevant to the client and will help him or her to make good use of the evaluation and its findings. According to this approach, the evaluator also takes on the role of moderator, counselor or coach. The detail-rich picture generated by the multi-dimensional approach contributes greatly to the success of the partnership approach. Furthermore the frequent meetings between the evaluator and the client help to mold the evaluated process and the evaluation process at the same time.