R. House is a Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at the University
of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, he was at the Center for Instructional
Research and Curriculum Evaluation (CIRCE) at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign. He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA, Harvard, and
New Mexico, as well as in England, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Austria,
and Chile. His primary interests are evaluation and policy analysis. Ernest
was a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences,
Stanford from 1999-2000.
Books authored include Evaluating with Validity (1980), Jesse
Jackson and the Politics of Charisma (1988), Professional Evaluation:
Social Impact and Political Consequences (1993). He was the 1989
recipient of the Harold E. Lasswell Prize presented by Policy Sciences
and the 1990 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation
Theory, presented by the American Evaluation Association. He was editor
of New Directions in Program Evaluation (1982 to 1985) and columnist
for Evaluation Practice (1984-89). Ernest has also authored Schools
for Sale (1997); Values in Evaluation and Social Research (with
Ken Howe, 1999); Where the Truth Lies, an evaluation novel (2002,
online at http://house.ed.asu.edu).
Studies include evaluation of the Illinois Gifted Program for the Illinois
legislature (1968-1972), assessment of the Michigan Accountability Program
for the National Education Association (1974), critique of the National
Follow Through Evaluation for the Ford Foundation (1977), audit of the
Promotional Gates Program evaluation for the Mayor's Office in New York
City (1981), assessment of environmental education policies in Europe
for OECD (1992), and evaluation of science, engineering, and technology
education programs across federal departments for the Federal Coordinating
Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology in Washington (1993).
Ernest is currently the Federal Court Monitor for the English Bilingual
Settlement in the Denver Public Schools.