The ABCs of Evaluation

Author: John Boulmetis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118103661
Format: PDF, ePub
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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:

The ABC s of evaluation

Author: John Boulmetis
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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.

Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education

Author: Robert E. Cipriano
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118107640
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Written for department chairs and deans, this well-researched resource offers a practical reference for how to create and sustain a more civil and harmonious departmental culture. Filled with useful information, including relevant case law, the book gives readers what they need to know to enhance the climate, culture, and collegiality in an academic department, as well as the university. Praise for Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education "Bob Cipriano has provided a book that addresses department civility—a critical, ongoing problem in higher education. The book is rich in examples, best practices, and strategies for dealing with individuals as well as ways to build collegial departments?. Not only is the book packed with information, the author also has an engaging writing style and wit."—Daniel W. Wheeler, higher education consultant; professor emeritus and former head, University of Nebraska-Lincoln "Pull out a fresh highlighter before opening this book! Be prepared to immediately collect practical, usable tools for building civility in your department from an experienced chair and successful workshop presenter."—Sharon Brookshire, director of conferences, Division of Continuing Education, Kansas State University "Department chairs' greatest job dissatisfaction emanates from colleagues in conflict. Bob Cipriano teaches and guides us, first how to deal with toxic colleagues and then how to turn your department into a collegial environment."—Walter Gmelch, dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco

Methods for Policy Research

Author: Ann Majchrzak
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483315932
Format: PDF, Docs
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Methods for Policy Research, Second Edition, by Ann Majchrzak and M. Lynne Markus, is a book about responsible and evidence-based policy decision making written for those interested in improving the decisions that affect people’s lives. It describes how to define policy research questions so that evidence can be applied to policy decisions, how to find and synthesize existing evidence, how to generate new evidence if needed, how to make acceptable recommendations that can solve policy problems without negative side effects, and how to describe evidence and policy recommendations in a manner that changes minds. The suggestions made throughout the book are based on the fundamental belief that evidence-based decision making is superior to decisions based purely on opinion, intuition, and emotion.

Training Initiatives and Strategies for the Modern Workforce

Author: Frasard, Scott
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1522518096
Format: PDF
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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.

Adding It Up

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309132848
Format: PDF, ePub
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Adding It Up explores how students in pre-K through 8th grade learn mathematics and recommends how teaching, curricula, and teacher education should change to improve mathematics learning during these critical years. The committee identifies five interdependent components of mathematical proficiency and describes how students develop this proficiency. With examples and illustrations, the book presents a portrait of mathematics learning: Research findings on what children know about numbers by the time they arrive in pre-K and the implications for mathematics instruction. Details on the processes by which students acquire mathematical proficiency with whole numbers, rational numbers, and integers, as well as beginning algebra, geometry, measurement, and probability and statistics. The committee discusses what is known from research about teaching for mathematics proficiency, focusing on the interactions between teachers and students around educational materials and how teachers develop proficiency in teaching mathematics.

Evaluating Professional Development

Author: Thomas R. Guskey
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 0761975616
Format: PDF, Docs
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This is a practical guide to evaluating professional development programs at five increasing levels of sophistication: participants' reaction to professional development; how much participants learned; evaluating organizational support and change; how participants use their new knowledge and skills; and improvements in student learning.

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.

Social Science Research

Author: Anol Bhattacherjee
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781475146127
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of conducting scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any doctoral seminar or research methods class. This book is currently used as a research text at universities on six continents and will shortly be available in nine different languages.