In the early stages of compiling the collection we were fortuitous in stumbling across two additional studies that we thought might add substantially to our knowledge about participatory evaluation. In retrospect we were right. The first is a narrative case study presented by Lyn Shulha and Bob Wilson that focuses on a protracted, systematic effort to develop a school-university partnership that would produce some truly exciting collaborative research and development of innovative approaches to classroom assessment in elementary schools. While not wanting to give away the ending, we can tell you that some unexpected twists and turns take shape as this all important phase for any collaborative project unfolds.
Finally, Donna Mertens and her colleagues Terry Berkeley and Susan Lopez share with us their experiences and insights gained in working on a collaborative project with educators from a culture that is decidedly distinct from our own. They take us from Washington DC to Egypt for a look at the evaluation of a significant special education initiative underwritten by interests from two nations. Along the way, they highlight several interesting events that one might expect in an international project of this sort. They end up with some sound advice for folks who may find themselves working on similar projects.