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The storied nature of agriculture and evaluation: A conversation

Lincoln, Yvonna ; Thorp, Laurie ; Russon, Craig

Agriculture and Human Values, 2003, Vol.20(3), pp.267-276 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The storied nature of agriculture and evaluation: A conversation
  • Author/Creator: Lincoln, Yvonna ; Thorp, Laurie ; Russon, Craig
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Agricultural evaluation ; Inquiry paradigms ; Local food systems ; Narrative ; Participatory inquiry ; Social change ; Story
  • Is Part Of: Agriculture and Human Values, 2003, Vol.20(3), pp.267-276
  • Description: This paper is a report on aconversation held between the authors andcentered on their shared interest inalternative methods of inquiry and evaluationin agriculture. The conversation was initiatedat the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and has evolvedthrough a series of long distanceconversations. Though not a verbatim transcriptof our conversations, this paper represents acomposite of both the face-to-face conversationand our stream of dialogue over the past year.Central to our discussion is an exploration ofthe parallels between the paradigm shift thatoccurred in evaluation in the early 1980s andthe current agricultural paradigm shift beingpromoted by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Inthe course of this conversational paper, wesuggest not only that evaluators andresearchers should cultivate their capacity tohear and tell stories, but also thatagricultural programs and their long-termimpacts could benefit from different kinds ofevaluation efforts. From this perspective, theevaluation or research report is no longer anattempt to mirror reality, but rather it is anevocative story that asks the reader to engagethe storyline morally, emotionally,aesthetically, and intellectually, as well asfrom a social impact perspective. It is ourhope that this paper will serve as what Lather(1993) has called an ``incitement to discourse''in the disciplinary fields of agriculture andevaluation.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0889-048X ; E-ISSN: 1572-8366 ; DOI: 10.1023/A:1026197908214