Evaluation Essentials Methods for Conducting Sound Research

ISBN-10: 0787984396

ISBN-13: 9780787984397

Edition: 2008

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The book introduces students and practitioners to all necessary concepts and tools used to evaluate programs and policies. It focuses on issues that arise when evaluating programs, using those offered by non-profit and governmental organizations serving different sectors (social services, health, education, social work) as case studies. The author gives the reader a solid background in the core concepts, theories, and methods of program evaluation. Readers will learn to form evaluation questions, describe programs using program theory and program logic models, understand causation as it relates to evaluation, and perform quasi-experimental design, grant writing, outcome measures, survey design, and sampling.
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Book details

List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
Introduction
Learning Objectives
The Evaluation Framework
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Describing the Program
Learning Objectives
Motivations for Describing the Program
Common Mistakes Evaluators Make When Describing the Program
Conducting the Initial Informal Interviews
Pitfalls in Describing Programs
The Program Is Alive, and So Is Its Description
Program Theory
The Program Logic Model
Challenges of Programs with Multiple Sites
Program Implementation Model
Program Theory and Program Logic Model Examples
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Laying the Evaluation Groundwork
Learning Objectives
Evaluation Approaches
Framing Evaluation Questions
Insincere Reasons for Evaluation
Who Will Do the Evaluation?
External Evaluators
Internal Evaluators
Confidentiality and Ownership of Evaluation Ethics
Building a Knowledge Base from Evaluations
High Stakes Testing
The Evaluation Report
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Causation
Learning Objectives
Necessary and Sufficient
Types of Effects
Lagged Effects
Permanency of Effects
Functional Form of Impact
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
The Prisms of Validity
Learning Objectives
Statistical Conclusion Validity
Small Sample Sizes
Measurement Error
Unclear Questions
Unreliable Treatment Implementation
Fishing
Internal Validity
Threat of History
Threat of Maturation
Selection
Mortality
Testing
Statistical Regression
Instrumentation
Diffusion of Treatments
Compensatory Equalization of Treatments
Compensatory Rivalry and Resentful Demoralization
Construct Validity
Mono-Operation Bias
Mono-Method Bias
External Validity
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Attributing Outcomes to the Program: Quasi-Experimental Design
Learning Objectives
Quasi-Experimental Notation
Frequently Used Designs That Do Not Show Causation
One-Group Posttest-Only
Posttest-Only with Nonequivalent Groups
Participants' Pretest-Posttest
Designs That Generally Permit Causal Inferences
Untreated Control Group Design with Pretest and Posttest
Delayed Treatment Control Group
Different Samples Design
Nonequivalent Observations Drawn from One Group
Nonequivalent Groups Using Switched Measures
Cohort Designs
Time Series Designs
Archival Data
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Collecting Data
Learning Objectives
Informal Interviews
Focus Groups
Survey Design
Sampling
Ways to Collect Survey Data
Anonymity and Confidentiality
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
Conclusions
Learning Objectives
Using Evaluation Tools to Develop Grant Proposals
Hiring an Evaluation Consultant
Summary
Key Terms
Discussion Questions
American Community Survey
Glossary
References
Index
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