Program Evaluation Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines

ISBN-10: 0321077067
ISBN-13: 9780321077066
Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $143.33
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.706
Language: English

Preface
Introduction to Evaluation
Evaluation's Basic Purpose, Uses, and Conceptual Distinctions
A Brief Definition of Evaluation
Informal versus Formal Evaluation
Distinguishing between Evaluation's Purposes and Evaluators' Roles and Activities
Some Basic Types of Evaluation
Evaluation's Importance--and Its Limitations
Origins and Current Trends in Modern Program Evaluation
The History and Influence of Evaluation in Society
Recent Trends Influencing Program Evaluation
Alternative Approaches to Program Evaluation
Alternative Views of Evaluation
Diverse Conceptions of Program Evaluation
Origins of Alternative Views of Evaluation
Themes among the Variations
A Classification Schema for Evaluation Approaches
Objectives-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Developers of the Objectives-Oriented Evaluation Approach and Their Contributions
How the Objectives-Oriented Evaluation Approach Has Been Used
Strengths and Limitations of the Objectives-Oriented Evaluation Approach
Management-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Developers of the Management-Oriented Evaluation Approach and Their Contributions
How the Management-Oriented Evaluation Approach Has Been Used
Strengths and Limitations of the Management-Oriented Evaluation Approach
Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Developers of the Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Approach and Their Contributions
How the Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Approach Has Been Used
Strengths and Limitations of the Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Approach
Expertise-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Developers of the Expertise-Oriented Evaluation Approach and Their Contributions
How the Expertise-Oriented Evaluation Approach Has Been Used
Strengths and Limitations of the Expertise-Oriented Evaluation Approach
Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Evolution of Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Developers of the Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approach and Their Contributions
How Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approaches Have Been Used
Strengths and Limitations of Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
Alternative Evaluation Approaches: A Summary and Comparative Analysis
Cautions about the Alternative Evaluation Approaches
Contributions of the Alternative Evaluation Approaches
Comparative Analysis of Characteristics of Alternative Evaluation Approaches
Eclectic Uses of the Alternative Evaluation Approaches
Drawing Practical Implications from the Alternative Evaluation Approaches
Practical Guidelines for Planning Evaluations
Introduction of Case Study
Clarifying the Evaluation Request and Responsibilities
Understanding the Reasons for Initiating the Evaluation
Conditions under which Evaluation Studies Are Inappropriate
Determining When an Evaluation Is Appropriate: Evaluability Assessment
Using an Internal or External Evaluator
Hiring an Evaluator
How Different Evaluation Approaches Clarify the Evaluation Request and Responsibilities
Setting Boundaries and Analyzing the Evaluation Context
Identifying Intended Audiences for an Evaluation
Describing What Is to Be Evaluated: Setting the Boundaries
Analyzing the Resources and Capabilities That Can Be Committed to the Evaluation
Analyzing the Political Context for the Evaluation
Variations Caused by the Evaluation Approach Used
Determining Whether to Proceed with the Evaluation
Identifying and Selecting the Evaluation Questions and Criteria
Identifying Appropriate Sources of Questions and Criteria: The Divergent Phase
Selecting the Questions, Criteria, and Issues to Be Addressed: The Convergent Phase
Remaining Flexible during the Evaluation: Allowing New Questions, Criteria, and Standards to Emerge
Planning How to Conduct the Evaluation
Identifying Design and Data Collection Methods
Specifying How the Evaluation Will Be Conducted: The Management Plan
Establishing Evaluation Agreements and Contracts
Practical Guidelines for Conducting and Using Evaluations
Collecting Evaluation Information: Design, Sampling, and Cost Choices
Using Mixed Methods
Designs for Collecting Causal and Descriptive Information
Sampling
Cost Analysis
Collecting Evaluation Information: Data Sources and Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation
Common Sources and Methods for Collecting Information
Planning and Organizing the Collection of Information
Analysis of Data and Interpretation of Findings
Reporting and Using Evaluation Information
Purposes of Evaluation Reports
Important Factors in Planning Evaluation Reports
Key Components of a Written Report
Suggestions for Presenting Information in Written Reports
Alternative Methods for Reporting: The Adversary Approach
Human and Humane Considerations in Reporting Evaluation Findings
Suggestions for Effective Oral Reporting
A Checklist for Good Evaluation Reports
How Evaluation Information Is Used
Dealing with Political, Ethical, and Interpersonal Aspects of Evaluation
Establishing and Maintaining Good Communications among Evaluators and Stakeholders
Understanding Potential Bias Resulting from the Evaluator's Personal Values and Interpersonal, Financial, and Organizational Relationships with Others
Maintaining Ethical Standards: Considerations, Issues, and Responsibilities for Evaluators and Clients
Political Pressures and Problems in Evaluation
Evaluating Evaluations
The Concept and Evolution of Metaevaluation
The Joint Committee's Standards for Program Evaluation
Summary of the Program Evaluation Standards
AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators
The Role of Metaevaluator
Some General Guidelines for Conducting Metaevaluations
A Need for More Metaevaluation
Emerging and Future Settings for Program Evaluation
Conducting Multiple-Site Evaluation Studies
Purposes and Characteristics of Multiple-Site Evaluations
Multisite Evaluation (MSE)
On-Site Evaluation at Multiple Sites
Cluster Evaluation
Other Approaches to Multiple-Site Evaluation
Conducting Evaluation of Organizations' Renewal and Training in Corporate and Nonprofit Settings
Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector
Evaluating Corporate Training Programs
Personnel Evaluation
Other Methods of Organizational Assessment
The Future of Evaluation
The Future of Evaluation
Predictions concerning the Profession of Evaluation
Predictions concerning the Practice of Evaluation
A Vision for Evaluation
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Evaluation-Related Web Sites
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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