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Using Evaluation as a Bridge for Partnership Development


"In this article, we report on work thus far (Years One and Two) of the Southwest
Pennsylvania Math Science Partnership in using evaluation as a "bridge" to support
and encourage the development of collaborative partnerships. We begin with a
description of the SW PA MSP followed by its "theory of action" for intervention
among and with stakeholders. We explore the overall evaluation plan that is built from this logic model (theory of action) and discuss examples of the role evaluation has
served for the project in partnership development. We then consider a number of
factors we have found to be of issue in the key school-level (K-12) / higher education
(IHE) partnerships the Math Science Partnership is designed to foster."