RealWorld Evaluation Working under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints

ISBN-10: 1412979625
ISBN-13: 9781412979627
Edition: 2nd 2012
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 712
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.102
Language: English

Jim Rugh has had 41 years of professional involvement in rural community development in Africa, Asia and Appalachia.  He has specialized in evaluation for 25 years; the past 10 years as head of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for CARE International, a large NGO.  His particular skills include promoting strategies for enhanced capacity for evaluation throughout this world-wide organization.  He is a recognized leader in evaluation among colleagues in the international NGO community, including InterAction.  He has been an active member of the American Evaluation Association since 1986, currently serving on the Nominations and Election Committee.  He was a founding member of the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association.  He has experience in promoting community development and evaluating and facilitating self-evaluation by participants in such programs.  He has provided training for and/or evaluated many different international NGOs.  He brings a perspective of the "big picture," including familiarity with a wide variety of community groups and assistance agencies in many countries, plus an eye to detail and a respect for inclusiveness and the participatory process.

Linda Mabry is a faculty member at Washington State University specializing in program evaluation, student assessment, and research and evaluation methodology. She currently serves as president of the Oregon Program Evaluation Network and on the editorial board for Studies in Educational Evaluation . She has served in a variety of leadership positions for the American Evaluation Association, including the Board of Directors, chair of the Task Force on Educational Accountability, and chair of the Theories of Evaluation topical interest group. She has also served n the Board of Trustees for the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessments and on the Performance Assessment Review Board of New York. She has conducted evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Jacob Javits Foundation, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Ameritech Corporation, ATT-Comcast Corporation, the New York City Fund for Public Education, the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, the Chicago Teachers Academy of Mathematics and Science, and a variety of university, state, and school agencies. She has published in a number of scholarly journals and written several books, including Evaluation and the Postmodern Dilemma (1997) and Portfolios Plus: A Critical Guide to Performance Assessment (1999).

The RealWorld Evaluation Approach
Overview: RealWorld Evaluation and the Contexts in Which It Is Used
[Step 1] Scoping the Evaluation: First clarify the purpose
[Step 2] Budget Constraints: Not enough money
[Step 3] Time Constraints: Addressing scheduling and other time constraints
[Step 4] Data Constraints: Critical information is missing or difficult to collect
[Step 5] Addressing Political Influences: Reconciling different priorities and perspectives
[Step 6] Strengthening the Evaluation Design and the Validity of Conclusions
[Step 7] Making it Useful: Helping clients and other stakeholders use the evaluation findings and recommendations
a Review of Evaluation Methods and Approaches and their Application in RealWorld Evaluation: For those who would like to dig deeper on particular evaluation topics
Ensuring competent and ethical practice in the conduct of the evaluation
Theory-based evaluation
Evaluation designs
Quantitative evaluation approaches
Qualitative evaluation approaches
Mixed method evaluations
Sampling
Evaluating complex, multi-component development interventions
Organizing and Managing Evaluations and Strengthening Evaluation Capacity: For readers involved with the funding and management of evaluations
Organizing and managing evaluations
Strengthening evaluation capacity
Conclusions and challenges and the road ahead

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