Great post Danielle. You have expostulated comprehensively on theory analysis and its evaluation, as well as the three steps of theory evaluation and its history. In essence, theory analysis encompasses ascertaining how helpful and practical a theory is. As such, the analysis part entails identifying the concepts and propositions that make up the theory while the evaluation part entails checks on the aspect of significance, testability, parsimony, internal consistency, and empirical adequacy of the theory being tested. It is through this technique that we have been able to test on theories and hence sieve theories which can be depended upon from a sea of theories which are based on personal opinions or fallacies. However, I believe that a theory analysis and evaluation is akin to the theory review.
Thanks for your post, Jo. It is true that the value of the theory is the fundamental purpose of a theory analysis and evaluation. As shown by McEwen and Wills (2014), a theory analysis and evaluation does not necessarily entail coming up with new data with respect to a certain theory. In retrospect, it entails confirming the importance and validity of a concept with respect to its accuracy and efficiency. Moreover, through three steps, that is, theory description, theory analysis, and theory evaluation, it is possible to comprehensively dissect a given theory, understand it from different views, and hence ascertain whether it is accurate in its stipulations or not. Lastly, it should be noted that theory analysis and evaluation is evolving and hence the methodologies used in the 1960s during its initiation are different from those which are used in contemporary times since they have been improved upon over the years.
McEwen, M., & Wills, E. M. (2014). Theoretical Basis for Nursing (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.