In this article, the authors examine researcher collaboration with stakeholders in the context of a translational research approach used to evaluate an elementary school program. The authors share their experiences as evaluators of this particular program to demonstrate how collaboration with stakeholders evolved when a translational research approach was applied to program evaluation. Beginning with a review of literature regarding stakeholder participation in evaluation and other qualitative research, the article reflects on a method for conceptualizing participant involvement and collaboration within the translational framework. The relationship between researchers and stakeholders is articulated according to this method. We interpose these descriptions with their alignment to Petronio’s (2002, 2007) five types of practical validity for translational research. The paper ends with a consideration of what was learned throughout the evaluation process, including both successes and challenges, by means of the translational model.


Translational Research, Translational Validity, Participation in Program Evaluation, Collaborative Research

Author Bio(s)

Dr. Kari Morris Carr is Director of Academic Development at The Oaks Academy, Indianapolis, Indiana. Her research has examined policy and organizational components of formerly Catholic-turned-charter schools in urban areas. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Kari Morris Carr at kamcarr@gmail.com.

Dr. Jill S. Bradley-Levine is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Ball State University. Her research interests are teacher professionalization centering around teacher agency through leadership practice, innovative curriculum and instruction, and communities of learning. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Jill S. Bradley-Levine at jsbradleylev@bsu.edu.

Publication Date


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.





To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.