The ABCs of Evaluation

Author: John Boulmetis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118103661
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition of bestselling The ABCs of Evaluation offers an introduction to program evaluation. This comprehensive textbook covers topics such as stakeholder relationships, program design, data collection and analysis, reporting results, and other important steps in the evaluation process. The ABCs of Evaluation shows how to select participants for the evaluation and how to deal with multiple goals and objectives—including those of the organization, the staff, and the client. The authors illustrate the circumstances under which each evaluation model can be used, and offer tips on identifying data sources and collecting the data. This revision includes substantially increased coverage of theory, methodological approaches, the business of evaluation, the evaluator's role and responsibilities, RFPs and the grants process, logic models, data analysis, and writing the evaluation report. Also included are new cases and scenarios from various evaluation realms in social sciences, education, health, and human services. Throughout the book, charts, graphs, models, and lists help organize, extend, and facilitate the understanding of each evaluation concept. Praise for the Previous Edition of The ABCs of Evaluation "A useful general overview of the evaluation process. I would recommend it to program or project managers wanting to know more about the process of evaluation." —American Journal of Evaluation "All students (and practitioners) should have this in their library; they will use it frequently." —Patricia McGee, PhD, associate professor, University of Texas, San Antonio Companion Web site: www.josseybass.com/go/Boulmetis

The ABC s of evaluation

Author: John Boulmetis
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"I've been looking for this book for years.... Anyone who needs to understand the philosophy, steps, and processes of evaluation will find this the perfect book." --Carroll A. Londoner, professor and core-coordinator, The Adult Education and HRD Program, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University "Written in a clear and engaging style that will connect with every audience, The ABCs of Evaluation will surely become each reader's foremost resource for instruction, guidance, and assurance during any foray into the intriguing and vital process of evaluation." --Beverly McMurtry Grissom, president, North Florida Community College, and past president, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education "Anyone who needs to understand the component parts of an evaluation design will benefit from this book. The ABCs of Evaluation provided me with my own personal evaluation professor, illustrating how to design, conduct, demystify, and understand the evaluation process." --Marc Potish, senior coordinator for professional development, CREC Division of Staff Development, Technical Assistance and Brokering Services Too often, managers who face downsizing or reorganization must conduct program evaluations without having any background or formal training. This comprehensive resource is a straightforward guide to the concepts and methods of evaluation. It explains each component of the evaluation design--first detailing principles and theories and then showing how to apply them in real-life situations. Written for any program type or setting, The ABCs of Evaluation shows how to select the evaluation team and how to deal with multiple goals and objectives--including those of the organization, the staff, and the client. Authors John Boulmetis and Phyllis Dutwin describe different evaluation models, illustrate the circumstances under which each model can be used, and offer tips on identifying data sources and collecting the data itself. They also provide a sample report that focuses on the needs of program stakeholders. Throughout the book, there are charts, graphs, models, and lists to help organize, extend, and facilitate the understanding of each evaluation concept.

Training Initiatives and Strategies for the Modern Workforce

Author: Frasard, Scott
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522518096
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Organizations in modern business settings invest significant time and resources into training employees. By implementing new techniques and methods, business training programs can be optimized and contribute to overall competitive advantage. Training Initiatives and Strategies for the Modern Workforce is a comprehensive reference source for emerging perspectives on bringing evaluation training theory into practice, modifying practices based on the experiences of others, and applying new tools to improve trainings and evaluations. Featuring innovative coverage across relevant topics, such as business metrics, return on investment, and transfer of learning, this book is ideally designed for professionals, business educators, graduate students, practitioners and researchers actively involved in business environments.

An Introduction to Data Analysis

Author: Tiffany Bergin
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 1526452332
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Covering the general process of data analysis to finding, collecting, organizing, and presenting data, this book offers a complete introduction to the fundamentals of data analysis. Using real-world case studies as illustrations, it helps readers understand theories behind and develop techniques for conducting quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods data analysis. With an easy-to-follow organization and clear, jargon-free language, it helps readers not only become proficient data analysts, but also develop the critical thinking skills necessary to assess analyses presented by others in both academic research and the popular media. It includes advice on: - Data analysis frameworks - Validity and credibility of data - Sampling techniques - Data management - The big data phenomenon - Data visualisation - Effective data communication Whether you are new to data analysis or looking for a quick-reference guide to key principles of the process, this book will help you uncover nuances, complexities, patterns, and relationships among all types of data.

Planning Programs for Adult Learners

Author: Rosemary S. Caffarella
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Incorporated Pub
ISBN: 9780787952259
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The ongoing education and training of adults has become a necessity in many professional areas. Yet the staff who set up and administer these programs often lack skills for the very task that is so critical to the success of their efforts--the planning of the programs themselves. Drawing on the tremendous success of the first edition, Planning Programs for Adult Learners, Second Edition covers the development of adult education programs in clear, specific detail. This popular guide contains information on every area of program planning for adult learners, from understanding the purpose of educational programs to obtaining suitable facilities. Thoroughly expanded and revised, the book contains a wealth of new material and examples, and features new information on incorporating technology into the development and practice of adult education programs. Educators and practitioners alike will find this guide to be an essential tool.