Evaluation Fundamentals Insights into the Outcomes, Effectiveness, and Quality of Health Programs

ISBN-10: 0761988688
ISBN-13: 9780761988687
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Arlene Fink
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Description: Arlene Fink outlines the basic concepts & vocabulary necessary for programme evaluation & illustrates how to review the quality of evaluation research so as to make informed decisions about methods & outcomes.

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List price: $76.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Arlene Fink outlines the basic concepts & vocabulary necessary for programme evaluation & illustrates how to review the quality of evaluation research so as to make informed decisions about methods & outcomes.

Arlene Fink (Ph.D.) is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California , Los Angeles and President of the Langley Research Institute . Her main interests include evaluation and survey research and the conduct of research literature reviews as well as the evaluation of their quality. Dr. Fink has conducted many research studies in medicine, public health and education. She is on the faculty of UCLA's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and its Health Services Research Center and is on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California 's Minority Research Center . She is also a consultant to the American Society for Bioethics, the International Society for Clinical Bioethics, and L'institut de Promotion del la Pr � vention Secondaire en Addictologie (IPPSA) Paris, France. Professor Fink has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally and is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 15 textbooks.

Preface
Program Evaluation: A Prelude
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 1
What Is Program Evaluation?
Users and Doers of Evaluations
The Composition of Evaluation
Baseline Data, Interim Data (Formative Evaluation), and Process Evaluations
Qualitative Evaluation
Participatory and Community-Based Evaluations
Evaluation Frameworks and Models
Ethical Evaluations
Research Misconduct
A Note about The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
Summary and Transition to Chapter on Evaluation Questions and Standards of Effectiveness
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Evaluation Questions and Standards of Effectiveness
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 2
Evaluation Questions
Setting Standards of Effectiveness: What they are and How to State Them
How to Set Standards
Evaluation Standards and Economic Evaluations
Evaluation Questions and Standards: Establishing a Healthy Relationship
When to Set Standards
The QSV Report: Questions, Standards, Variables
Summary and Transition to Next Chapter on Evaluation Research Design
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Designing Program Evaluations
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 3
Evaluation Design: Creating the Structure
Questions to Ask When Designing Evaluations
Dealing with Six Questions
A Classification of Program Evaluation Designs
Internal and External Validity
Evaluation Design Report: Questions, Standards, and Independent Variables
Summary and Transition to Next Chapter on Sampling
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Sampling : Choosing the Number of People Needed For Evaluating Effectiveness
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 4
What is a Sample?
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria or Eligibility
Methods of Sampling
Sampling Unit
Sample Size
Why Sample?
The Sampling Report
Summary and Transition to Next Chapter on Information Collection
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Collecting Information: The Right Data Sources
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 5
Information Sources: What's the Problem?
Choosing the Best Source of Data
Sources of Data in Program Evaluation and Their Advantages and Limitations
Reasons for Evaluators' Use of the Literature
Summary and Transition to the Next Chapter on Evaluation Measures
Exercise: Collecting Information: The Right Data Sources
Suggested Readings
Evaluation Measures
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 6
Reliability and Validity
A Note on Language and Evaluation Measures
Checklist for Creating a New Measure
Checklist for Selecting an Already Existing Measure
The Measurement Chart: Logical Connections
Summary and Transition to the Next Chapter on Managing Evaluation Data
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Managing Evaluation Data
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 7
Data Management: The Road to Data Analysis
Drafting an Analysis Plan
Creating a Codebook
Searching for Missing Data
Entering the Data
Cleaning the Data
Creating the Final Dataset for Analysis
Storing and Archiving the Dataset
Exercises
Suggested Readings
Analyzing Evaluation Data
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 8
A Suitable Analysis: Starting With the Evaluation Questions
Measurement Scales and Their Data
Selecting a Method of Analysis
Hypothesis Testing, P Values, and Confidence Intervals: Statistical and Clinical or Practical Significance
Clinical or Practical Significance: Using Confidence Intervals
Proceed With Caution: Screening and Transforming Data
Risks and Odds
Qualitative Evaluation Data: Content Analysis
Meta-Analysis: A Superanalysis of Evaluation Data
Summary and Transition to the Next Chapter on Evaluation Reports
Exercise
Suggested Readings
Evaluation Reports
Purpose of this Chapter
A Reader's Guide to Chapter 8
The Written Evaluation Report
Written Evaluation Reports: What Should They Include?
Reviewing Your Report
Oral Presentations
Exercise
Suggested Readings
Answers to Exercises
Index
About the Author

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