Foundations of Program Evaluation

Author: William R. Shadish
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803953017
Format: PDF, ePub
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Now in paperback, this volume summarizes, compares and contrasts the work of seven major theorists of programme evaluation. The authors develop a conceptual framework against which specific criteria of certain theories can be tested. They present the theoretical and practical advice of the theorists and critiques of their work. The conclusion summarizes the areas of agreement and disagreement between these influential theorists and offers directions for a new theory of programme evaluation.

Program Evaluation An Introduction

Author: David Royse
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495601667
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Praised by instructors and students alike, PROGRAM EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION helps your students evaluate services and programs that they will encounter in their professional practice. In the process of learning evaluation techniques and skills, students will become proficient at critically analyzing evaluation studies conducted by others. The authors present and simplify all the essentials needed for a critical appreciation of evaluation issues and methodology. The authors clear writing style and clear presentation of concepts, as well as the text’s hands-on and applied focus, will guide students on how to gather evidence and demonstrate that their interventions and programs are effective in improving clients lives. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Program Evaluation for Social Workers

Author: Richard M. Grinnell Jr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019022732X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Now in its seventh edition, this comprehensive text once again provides beginning social work students and practitioners with a proven, time-tested approach to help them understand and appreciate how to use basic evaluation techniques within their individual cases (case-level) and the programs where they work (program-level). As with the previous six editions, this text is eminently approachable, accessible, straightforward, and most importantly, practical.

Program Evaluation in Practice

Author: Dean T. Spaulding
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118450205
Format: PDF, Docs
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An updated guide to the core concepts of program evaluation This updated edition of Program Evaluation in Practice covers the core concepts of program evaluation and uses case studies to touch on real-world issues that arise when conducting an evaluation project. This important resource is filled with illustrative examples written in accessible terms and provides a wide variety of evaluation projects that can be used for discussion, analysis, and reflection. The book addresses foundations and theories of evaluation, tools and methods for collecting data, writing of reports, and the sharing of findings. The discussion questions and class activities at the end of each chapter are designed to help process the information in that chapter and to integrate the information from the other chapters, thus facilitating the learning process. As useful for students as it is for evaluators in training, Program Evaluation in Practice is a must-have text for those aspiring to be effective evaluators. Includes expanded discussion of basic theories and approaches to program evaluation Features a new chapter on objective-based evaluation and a new section on ethics in program evaluation Provides more detailed information and in-depth description for each case, including evaluation approaches, fresh references, new readings, and the new Joint Committee Standards for Evaluation

Program Evaluation Performance Measurement

Author: James C. McDavid
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412906685
Format: PDF
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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement integrates performance measurement into evaluation practice and shows how the skills that are essential for building program evaluation expertise are also important foundations for performance measurement. The importance of sound professional judgment is highlighted throughout the book and the final chapter offers ways that evaluation professionals can develop their professional judgment. The text discusses the realities of organizational politics and incentives for managers and evaluators. It balances the importance of good evaluation methods with the resource and organizational constraints that almost always affect the choices that evaluators make as they do their work. The book does not assume a thorough understanding of research methods and design, instead guiding the reader through a systematic introduction to these topics. Nor does the book assume a knowledge of statistics, although there are some sections that do outline the role that statistics play in evaluations.

Footprints

Author: Joy A. Frechtling
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9780788183621
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Based on papers and discussions presented at the "Footprints" conference, organized to gather fresh ideas and new methodologies that might inform the design of evaluations of NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources' projects and programs, and convened in July 1993.

Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation

Author: David M. Fetterman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803956698
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, empowerment evaluation is the use of evaluation concepts, techniques, and findings to foster improvement and self-determination. David M. Fetterman explores its background and theory and goes on to present the three steps of empowerment evaluation: establishing a mission statement about a program; taking stock; and charting a course for the future, while using case studies to highlight these steps in practice. Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation also covers standards for using EE; caveats and concerns; how to distinguish EE from other approaches, using the Internet as a tool and finally looks at the strengths, limitations, and conditions of empowerment evaluation.

Foundations and Evaluation

Author: Marc T. Braverman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0787975966
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Gathered together in this unique book on evaluation and effectivefoundation practice are the experienced-based perspectives andmeasured insights of both seasoned practitioners and keyphilanthropic thought leaders. Foundations and Evaluation isa substantial think piece for grantmakers of any size." —Dorothy S. Ridings, president and CEO, Council onFoundations "Foundations and Evaluation explores the intersectionbetween organizational effectiveness and evaluation anddemonstrates the need for commitment to evaluation throughout thefoundation. . . . A good read for both newcomers to evaluation andthose with more experience, written by some of the most highlyrespected leaders in the field." —Kathleen P. Enright, executive director, Grantmakersfor Effective Organizations

Evaluation Foundations Revisited

Author: Thomas Schwandt
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 080479572X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Evaluation examines policies and programs across every arena of human endeavor, from efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS to programs that drive national science policy. Relying on a vast array of methods, from qualitative interviewing to econometrics, it is a "transdiscipline," as opposed to a formal area of academic study. Accounting for these challenges, Evaluation Foundations Revisited offers an introduction for those seeking to better understand evaluation as a professional field. While the acquisition of methods and methodologies to meet the needs of certain projects is important, the foundation of evaluative practice rests on understanding complex issues to balance. Evaluation Foundations Revisited is an invitation to examine the intellectual, practical, and philosophical nexus that lies at the heart of evaluation. Thomas A. Schwandt shows how to critically engage with the assumptions that underlie how evaluators define and position their work, as well as how they argue for the usefulness of evaluation in society. He looks at issues such as the role of theory, how notions of value and valuing are understood, how evidence is used, how evaluation is related to politics, and what comprises scientific integrity. By coming to better understand the foundations of evaluation, readers will develop what Schwandt terms "a life of the mind of practice," which enables evaluators to draw on a more holistic view to develop reasoned arguments and well fitted techniques.