Marvin Alkin
Moore Hall 3026
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

P: (310) 825-4800

Marvin Alkin

Professor Emeritus


  • Ed.D., Stanford University, 1964
  • M.A., Education, San Jose State College, 1959
  • A.B., Mathematics, San Jose State College, 1956

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Evaluation utilization
  • Evaluation theory
  • Problems of evaluating educational programs

SRM Evaluation Group

Select Publications

Alkin, M. C. & Vo, A.T. (2017). Evaluation essentials: From A to Z. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Alkin, M. (2017). When is theory a theory? A case example. Evaluation and Program Planning, 63.

Alkin, M. & King, J. (2016). The historical development of evaluation use. American Journal of Evaluation, 37(4).

Alkin, M, Vo, A., & Christie, C. (2012). The evaluator’s role in valuing: Who and with whom. In G. Julnes (Ed.), Promoting valuation in the public interest: Informing policies for judging value in evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 133, 29-41.

Alkin, M., Vo, A, & Hansen (2012). Using logic models to facilitate comparisons of evaluation  theory. Evaluation  and Program Planning.

Alkin, M. (2012). Context Sensitive Evaluation. In M. Alkin, Editor. Evaluation Roots: A Wider Perspective of Theorists’ Views and Influences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Alkin, M.C. (Ed.). (2012). Evaluation roots, (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Carden, F. and Alkin, M. (2012). Evaluation roots: an international perspective. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 8 (17).

Alkin, M.C. (2011). Evaluation essentials: From A to Z. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Taut, S. and Alkin, M. (2010). The Role of Stakeholders in Educational Evaluation. In B. McGraw, P. Peterson, & E. Baker (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education. Oford, UK: Elsevier.

Alkin, M.C., Christie, C.A., & Rose, M. (2006). Communicating evaluation. In I. Shaw, J. Greene, & M. Marks (Eds.), Sage handbook of evalation. (pp. 384-403). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Alkin, M., & Christie, C. (Editors) (Summer 2005). Theorists’ Models in ActionNew Directions for Evaluation. (Number 106).  San Fancisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

Alkin, M., & Taut, S. (2003). Unbundling Evaluation Use. Studies in Educational Evaluation.  (29). 1-12.

Hofstetter, C. & Alkin, M. (2003). Evaluation Use Revisited. In International Handbook of Educational Evaluation