Vi har nåtts av informationen att Michael Scriven (1928-2023) har gått bort. Han har gjort ett stort avtryck inom utvärderingsfältet och SVUF vill på detta sätt uppmärksamma hans gärning och framföra våra kondoleanser.

European Evaluation Society har publicerat följande text:

Michael Scriven died on the 28th August in California. He was born in Britain, and grew up and studied in Australia before completing his PhD at Oxford. However, it was in the United States where he made his best known contributions to the theory and practice of evaluation, as well as providing leadership and support for, first, the American evaluation community and then our global community of evaluators.

It is hard to overestimate Michael’s contribution. One important aspect of his work was to help define what evaluation, as a trans-discipline, is and what we are doing when we ‘do’ evaluation. This was an open and multi-disciplinary view of our work but was also rooted in logic, rigour and critical thinking. He also helped the evaluation community to step back and take stock of our progress and ‘hard learned lessons’. But this was always with a view to the future and the tasks ahead. He received multiple awards during his lifetime and will receive many and deep appreciations on his passing. One of these is a wonderful response from Michael Quinn Patton and we encourage members and colleagues to view this here: