Evaluation in Action Interviews with Expert Evaluators

ISBN-10: 1412949742
ISBN-13: 9781412949743
Edition: 2009
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Description: Exemplars in Evaluation Practice,edited by Jody Fitzpatrick, Melvin Mark, and Christina Christie,is designed to take readers behind the scenes of real evaluations and introduce them to the issues faced and decisions made by notable evaluators in the  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Exemplars in Evaluation Practice,edited by Jody Fitzpatrick, Melvin Mark, and Christina Christie,is designed to take readers behind the scenes of real evaluations and introduce them to the issues faced and decisions made by notable evaluators in the field.The book builds on Exemplars, a popular section in the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE), in which a well-known evaluator is interviewed about an evaluation he or she has conducted.Through a dialogue between the evaluator and the interviewer, the reader learns about the problems the evaluator faced in conducting the evaluation and the choices and compromises he or she chose to make. The book includes twelve interviews illustrating a variety of evaluation practices in different settings, along with commentary and analysis concerning what the interviews teach us about evaluation practice and ways to inform our own practice. The book is ideal for two audiences: (a) students and faculty in courses in program evaluation and (b) professionals working as program evaluators.

Christina A. Christie is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Institute of Organizational and Program Evaluation Research in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University .� Christie has received funding from a variety of sources to evaluate social, education, and health behavior programs targeting high-risk and underrepresented populations, including the Haynes Foundation, National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, First 5 Los Angeles, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Irvine Foundation� She co-founded the Southern California Evaluation Association, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, and is the former Chair of the Theories of Evaluation Division and current Chair of the Research on Evaluation Division of the American Evaluation Association.� In 2004, Dr. Christie received the American Evaluation Associations Marcia Guttentag Early Career Achievement Award. � Christie is a section editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and on the editorial board of New Directions in Evaluation. � She is also the editor of the upcoming book Exemplars of Evaluation Practice (with Fitzpatrick, J. & Mark, M; Sage).

Preface
Evaluation and Its Practice: Some Key Considerations and Choices
Traditional Evaluations with a Primary purpose of Judging Merit and Worth
The Evaluation of GAIN: A Welfare-to-Work Program in California, An Interview with James A. Riccio
Evaluation of the Natural Resources Leadership Program, 1995 through 1998, An Interview with Jennifer C. Greene
The Evaluation of the Ft. Bragg and Stark County Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents, An Interview with Len Bickman
Evaluations with a Focus on Description
The Evaluation of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), An Interview with David Fetterman
The Evaluation of the Homeless Families Program, An Interview with Debra J. Rog
The Council for School Performance: Performance Reports for Georgia Schools, An Interview with Gary T. Henry
Evaluations with an Emphasis on Program Planning and Organizational Development
Evaluation of the Special Education Program at the Anoka-Hennepin School District, An Interview with Jean A. King
Evaluation of the Work and Health Initiative with a Focus on Winning New Jobs, An Interview with Stewart I. Donaldson
Developing an Evaluation System for the Corporate Education Development and Training (CEDT) Department at Sandia National Laboratories, An Interview with Hallie Preskill
Evaluation of the Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative, An Interview with Ross Conner
Evaluations Concerning Cultural Competence
Evaluation of the Fun with Books Program, An Interview with Katrina Bledsoe
Evaluation of Godfrey?s Children Center in Tanzania, An Interview with Allan Wallis and Victor Dukay
Analysis, Interpretations, and Conclusions
Exemplars? Choices: What Do These Cases Tell Us About Practice?
Analyzing the Practice of Evaluation: What Do these Cases Tell Us About Theory?
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