Evaluation-Related Journals

There are a wide-range of professional journals available to learn about evaluation theory, methods, practice, and research.

Visitor Studies: Theory, Research, and Practice: Visitor Studies: Theory, Research, and Practice is the peer-reviewed research journal of the Visitor Studies Association. Appearing bi-annually, Visitor Studies publishes articles, focusing on visitor research, visitor studies, evaluation studies, and research methodologies. The Journal also covers subjects related to museums and out-of-school learning environments, such as zoos, nature centers, visitor centers, historic sites, parks and other informal learning settings.

Journal Of Museum Education 40.1: Empowering Museum Educators to Evaluate This guest-edited issue of the Journal of Museum Education gives museum educators, and those that support them, practical evaluation tools and techniques to maximize evaluation efforts. From building staff capacity, to developing standardized evaluation methods, to communicating results this issue can serve as a real-world guide and inspiration for those in the field who need to demonstrate the impact of their work.

American Journal of Evaluation: The American Journal of Evaluation explores the complex and difficult challenges related to conducting evaluations. From choosing program theories to implementing an evaluation to presenting the final report to managing an evaluation's consequences, AJE offers original, peer-reviewed, often highly cited articles about the methods, theory, and practice 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.

New Directions for Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation, a quarterly thematic journal, is an official publication of the American Evaluation Association. The journal publishes empirical, methodological, and theoretical works on all aspects of evaluation.

The Evaluation Exchange: Harvard Family Research Project's evaluation periodical, The Evaluation Exchange, addresses current issues facing program evaluators of all levels. Designed as an ongoing discussion among evaluators, program practitioners, funders, and policymakers, The Evaluation Exchange highlights innovative methods and approaches to evaluation, emerging trends in evaluation practice, and practical applications of evaluation theory.

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.

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 Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research: Evaluation Review is an interdisciplinary forum for social science researchers, planners, and policy makers who develop, implement, and utilize studies designed to improve the human condition. Evaluation Review brings together the latest applied evaluation methods used in a wide range of disciplines. It presents the latest quantitative and qualitative methodological developments, as well as related applied research issues.

Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice: Evaluation is an interdisciplinary, international peer-reviewed journal. Evaluation’s purpose is to promote dialogue internationally and to build bridges within the expanding field of evaluation.

Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation seeks to promote the theory and practice of program evaluation. The journal publishes full-length articles on all aspects of the theory and practice of evaluation, real-life cases written by evaluation practitioners, and practice notes that share practical knowledge, experiences and lessons learned.