Utilization-Focused Evaluation

ISBN-10: 141295861X

ISBN-13: 9781412958615

Edition: 4th 2008

Authors: Michael Quinn Patton

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Both practical and theoretical, the Fourth Edition of the bestselling Utilization-Focused Evaluation: The New Century Text shows how to conduct program evaluations and why to conduct them in the manner prescribed. This entirely rewritten edition offers readers a full-fledged evaluation text from identifying primary users of an evaluation to focusing the evaluation, making methods decisions, analyzing data, and presenting findings. Each chapter reviews the relevant literature and actual case examples to illustrate major points. Author Michael Quinn Patton also offers a definite point of view developed from observing much of what has passed for program evaluation that has not been very useful. Patton presents substantial updates to reflect new developments in the field and cutting-edge issues. Key Features of the Fourth Edition Provides thoroughly updated materials: all chapters have updated references, new exhibits and sidebars, and new examples and storiesand most have new cartoons. Offers new developments in stakeholder analysis Includes a utilization-focused checklist Gives greater emphasis on mixed methods Increased emphasis on accountability in the federal government with such programs as No Child Left Behind Details the explosion of international evaluation Contains updated web references, examples, and citations
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.080
Language: English

Toward More Useful Evaluations
Evaluation Use: Both Challenge and Mandate
What Is Utilization-Focused Evaluation? How Do You Get Started?
Fostering Intended Use by Intended Users: The Personal Factor
Intended Uses of Findings
Intended Process Uses: Impacts of Evaluative Thinking and Experiences
Focusing Evaluations: Choices, Options, and Decisions
Situational Evaluation: Being Active-Reactive-Interactive-Adaptive
Focusing on Outcomes: Beyond the Goals Clarification Game
Evaluation Focus Options: Developmental Evaluation and Other Alternatives
Implementation Evaluation: What Happened in the Program?
Conceptualizing the Intervention: Alternatives for Evaluating Theories of Change
Appropriate Methods
Evaluations Worth Using: Utilization-Focused Methods Decisions
The Paradigms Debate and a Utilization-Focused Synthesis
The Meanings and Reporting of Evaluation Findings: Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment, and Recommendations
Realities and Practicalities of Utilization-Focused Evaluation
Power, Politics, and Ethics
Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Processes and Premises
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