Deliberative Democratic Evaluation: Successes and Limitations of an Evaluation of School Choice

Publisher: Teachers College Record, 7 (10)
Page Numbers: 2274-2297

This article briefly characterizes a deliberative democratic approach to program evaluation, recounts its application to the evaluation of school choice policy in the Boulder Valley School District, and describes the results and recommendations of the evaluation. It then assesses the evaluation in terms of its role in stimulating policy change and how it fits with the requirements of the deliberative democratic ideal. It concludes with an assessment of the deliberative democratic approach itself in light of the Boulder experience.