The Mesquite 'MicroSociety' school: Identifying organizational factors that facilitate successful adoption of an innovative program

Cary Cherniss, Daniel B. Fishman

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Abstract

A 'MicroSociety®' School includes time during all or most days for students to take on roles in developing and operating a miniature society, including, for example, such 'institutions' as businesses, consumers, elected officials, a money system, a tax collection system, police and courts. This case study, conducted by the first author, looks in detail at Mesquite, a school with a highly effective MicroSociety program, to discover the organizational factors and processes that appear to account for its success. This case is part of a larger, formative evaluation project, sponsored by MICROSOCIETY, Inc., the national organization that provides support for individual MicroSociety programs. The case took place in the context of the first author's multiyear relationship as a type of 'developmental evaluator' for MICROSOCIETY, Inc., combining both evaluation and organizational consultation functions. The findings of the case study and the potentials and challenges of the author's developmental evaluation role are described and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • Evaluation practice
  • MicroSociety schools
  • Systematic case studies

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