Acknowledging Diversity when Establishing Reward Options in Collaborative Evaluations

By Liliana Rodríguez-Campos and Rigoberto Rincones-Gómez.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Reward options are important ways to recognize and reinforce the ability of individuals to build upon short- or long-term goals in order to achieve the evaluation vision. When establishing reward options, it is important to assess individual contributions, in addition to the achievement of everyone as a collective, so every individual can feel useful, valued, and motivated. Letting people know that they will be assessed for their individual efforts is crucial to group motivation (Clark, 2003). By clearly understanding everyone’s personal needs and values it is possible to motivate them in an effective individualized way. Reward options may promote desired behavior, and the extent to which a reward is motivating depends on how it is perceived and how it connects to the particular evaluation accomplishment. Thus it is necessary to develop reward options that meet everyone’s needs while having positive impact on the commitment within the collaborative effort.

Keywords: Collaboration, Collaborative Evaluations, Evaluations, Rewards

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.59-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 505.882KB).

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Evaluation Faculty Member, Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology, University of South FLorida, FL, USA

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos earned her Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. She received an Outstanding Dissertation Award, and a Provost’s Special Recognition for this Ph.D. Also, as part of her educational background, she earned her Bachelor's in Systems Engineering with Honorific Mention, and her Specialist and Master's degrees in Project Management in Engineering with Summa Cum Laude Honors. Furthermore, she received a President's Special Recognition for her second Master's degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. Rodríguez has been awarded with several honors and educational scholarships at the national and international levels. Her peers have recognized her professional qualifications through invitations to her to make presentations and serve in national and international leadership roles in evaluation. She has been a planning and control manager, and a consultant in the private sector, non-profit organizations as well as institutions of higher education. Rodríguez's work history includes evaluations/metaevaluations in multi-national corporations and capacity-building projects in Latin America, the Philippines, and the United States. Rodríguez has designed and delivered numerous workshops and courses at the university level in evaluation/metaevaluation, research, informatics, consulting, project planning, and control management. She has written a variety of publications in Spanish, English, and Chinese on leadership, organizational engineering, and evaluation approaches that bring stakeholder groups together For example, she is the author of the book Collaborative Evaluations: A Step-by-Step Model for the Evaluator. In addition, she has presented her work in national and international conferences in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela. Rodríguez is a member of several professional associations such as Project Management Institute, American Evaluation Association, Michigan Association for Evaluation, and American Educational Research Association, among others. During five years, she served as a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee and as a board member at the Michigan Association for Evaluation. Currently, she serves as the board of directors’ chair at the Evaluation Capacity Development Group and as the program chair of the Collaboration, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the American Evaluation Association. Rodríguez’s expertise with leadership, metaevaluation, multi-cultural and collaborative evaluation capacity building, project management, organizational engineering, and training are her strongest professional contributions.

Dr. Rigoberto Rincones-Gómez

Senior Staff Associate, MDC Inc, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Rigoberto Rincones earned his Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design at Western Michigan University (WMU). He received an Outstanding Dissertation Award, and a WMU Provost's Special Recognition for his doctoral work. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Specialist and Master's degrees in Project Management in Engineering with Summa Cum Laude Honors. He received a WMU President's Special Recognition for his second Master's degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. Dr. Rincones has been awarded with several honors and educational scholarships both in Latin America and the United States. He has been a training manager and a consultant in the private sector, non-profit organizations as well as in institutions of higher education. Dr. Rincones's work history includes formative evaluation of multi-national corporations and evaluation capacity-building projects in Latin America, the Philippines and the United States. Dr. Rincones has designed and delivered numerous workshops and courses at the university level in evaluation, research, technology, project management, and assessment. He has authored a variety of publications in Spanish and in English on leadership, organizational engineering, and evaluation approaches that bring stakeholder groups together. He has presented his work in national and international conferences in countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, England, Greece, Malaysia, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. Until June of 2006, Dr. Rincones worked as the Director of the Institutional Research and Assessment Office, at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He has been a member of the Association for Institutional Research, Michigan Association for Institutional Research, American Evaluation Association, Michigan Association for Evaluation, and American Educational Research Association, among others. Additional appointments include Vice-Chair of the Michigan Association of Institutional Research (MI/AIR); Member of the Michigan Community College Data and Evaluation Committee (MCCDEC); and reviewer of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum’s Track #6 (The Practice of Institutional Research: Theory, Techniques, Technologies, Tools, and Ethics). Dr. Rincones's expertise with institutional research, assessment, capacity building, program evaluation and metaevaluation are his strongest professional interests. Currently Dr. Rincones works as Program Director at MDC, Inc. where he leads the data facilitation Component for the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count initiative. Achieving the Dream is a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed (earn degrees, earn certificates or transfer to other institutions to continue their studies). He also works in partnership with the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida to train data facilitators and serves as a data facilitator himself. He is responsible for drawing lessons learned from the data facilitators' experiences and working with a national team of Achieving the Dream partners to develop strategies to spread Achieving the Dream policies and practices.

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