Key Journals on Evaluation

The following is a list of journals that focus on evaluation theory and its application in various contexts and settings. These titles are recommended for readers looking to develop a grounding in evaluation theory and methodology.

American Journal of Evaluation
Each issue of the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) explores decisions and challenges related to conceptualizing, designing and conducting evaluations. Four times/year it offers original, peer-reviewed, articles about the methods, theory, ethics, politics, and practice of evaluation.

Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation seeks to promote the theory and practice of program evaluation. To this end CJPE publishes full-length articles on all aspects of the theory and practice of evaluation and shorter Evaluation Practice Notes which share practical knowledge, experiences and lessons learned. A third section of the journal, Addressing Challenges in Evaluation Practice, presents real-life cases written by evaluation practitioners. The journal has a particular interest in articles reporting original empirical research on evaluation. CJPE is a completely bilingual journal, publishing in both English and French. Readership includes academics, practitioners and policymakers. CJPE attracts authors and readers internationally.

New Directions for Evaluation
New Directions for Evaluation, a quarterly sourcebook, is one of two official journals of the American Evaluation Association. The journal publishes works on all aspects of evaluation, with an emphasis on presenting timely and thoughtful reflections on leading-edge issues of evaluation and the organizational, cultural, and societal context within which evaluations occur. 

Evaluation
The journal Evaluation launched in 1995, publishes fully refereed papers and aims to advance the theory, methodology and practice of evaluation. We favour articles that bridge theory and practice whether through generalizable and exemplary cases or theoretical and methodological innovation

Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation 
The Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation is a free, online journal published by the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. The journal focuses on news and thinking of the profession and discipline of evaluation.

Evaluation and Program Planning
Evaluation and Program Planning is based on the principle that the techniques and methods of evaluation and planning transcend the boundaries of specific fields and that relevant contributions to these areas come from people representing many different positions, intellectual traditions, and interests. The primary goals of the journal are to assist evaluators and planners to improve the practice of their professions, to develop their skills, and to improve their knowledge base.

Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation is a peer-reviewed online journal whose purpose is to provide free access to articles that can have a positive impact on assessment, research, evaluation, and teaching practice.

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