Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation
Author by: Susan P. Giancola
Release: 2020-01-03
Editor: SAGE Publications
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781506357461
Language: en
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Program Evaluation: Embedding Evaluation into Program Design and Development provides an in-depth examination of the foundations, methods, and relevant issues in the field of evaluation. With an emphasis on an embedded approach, where evaluation is an explicit part of a program that leads to the refinement of the program, students will learn how to conduct effective evaluations that foster continual improvement and enable data-based decision making. This text provides students with both the theoretical understanding and the practical tools to conduct effective evaluations while being rigorous enough for experienced evaluators looking to expand their approach to evaluation.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation
Author by: Kenneth J. Linfield,Emil J. Posavac
Release: 2018-08-21
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781351592017
Language: en
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This text provides a solid foundation in program evaluation, covering the main components of evaluating agencies and their programs, how best to address those components, and the procedures to follow when conducting evaluations. Different models and approaches are paired with practical techniques, such as how to plan an interview to collect qualitative data and how to use statistical analyses to report results. In every chapter, case studies provide real world examples of evaluations broken down into the main elements of program evaluation: the needs that led to the program, the implementation of program plans, the people connected to the program, unexpected side effects, the role of evaluators in improving programs, the results, and the factors behind the results. In addition, the story of one of the evaluators involved in each case study is presented to show the human side of evaluation. The Ninth Edition offers enhanced and expanded case studies, making them a central organizing theme, and adds more international examples. The new edition also features online resources with an instructor test bank, sample program evaluation reports, and additional annotated resources.

The Program Evaluation Standards

The Program Evaluation Standards
Author by: Donald B. Yarbrough
Release: 2010-07-29
Editor: SAGE
Pages: 334
ISBN: 9781412986564
Language: en
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Including a new section on evaluation accountability, this Third Edition details 30 standards which give advice to those interested in planning, implementing and using program evaluations.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation
Author by: John M Owen,Patricia Rogers
Release: 2012-07-18
Editor: SAGE
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781446275672
Language: en
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This book offers a straightforward, practical introduction to evaluation for beginners and practitioners. It shows how to identify appropriate forms and approaches, using an original framework. The authors examine the role of evaluation in program development, and offer techniques for involving stakeholders in the planning process and for disseminating the evaluation findings. They use references to recent research and international examples.

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Author by: James C. McDavid,Irene Huse,Laura R. L. Hawthorn
Release: 2018-10-16
Editor: SAGE Publications
Pages: 568
ISBN: 9781506337074
Language: en
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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement offers a conceptual and practical introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations. James C. McDavid, Irene Huse, and Laura R.L. Hawthorn discuss topics in a detailed fashion, making it a useful guide for practitioners who are constructing and implementing performance measurement systems, as well as for students. Woven into the chapters is the performance management cycle in organizations, which includes: strategic planning and resource allocation; program and policy design; implementation and management; and the assessment and reporting of results. The Third Edition has been revised to highlight and integrate the current economic, political, and socio-demographic context within which evaluators are expected to work, and includes new exemplars including the evaluation of body-worn police cameras.

Public Policy and Program Evaluation

Public Policy and Program Evaluation
Author by: Evert Vedung
Release: 2017-07-12
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781351495608
Language: en
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Evaluation is a controversial and little-understood strategy of public governance, control, and decision making. As early as classical antiquity, scholars were summoned to court to counsel kings. Public policy and program evaluation is a recent addition to the great chain of attempts to use the brainpower of scholars and scientists to further the interests of the state. Evaluation scholars are asked to provide retrospective assessments of the implementation, output, and outcome of government measures in order to effect deeper understanding and well-grounded decisions on the part of those in charge of government operations. Evaluation is the process of distinguishing the worthwhile from the worthless, the precious from the useless; evaluation implies looking backward in order to be able to steer forward better. Written from a political science perspective, Public Policy and Program Evaluation provides an overview of the possibilities and limits of public sector evaluation. Evert Vedung examines evaluation as a mechanism for monitoring, systematizing, and grading government activities and their results so that public officials, in their future-oriented work, will be able to act as responsibly, creatively, and efficiently as possible. Topics discussed include: "Evaluation, Rationality, and Theories of Public Management"; "Models of Evaluation"; "Internal or External Evaluation"; "Impact Assessment as Tryout and Social Experimentation"; "Process Evaluation and Implementation Theory"; "The Eight-Problems Approach to Evaluation"; and "Uses and Users of Evaluation." All evaluation rests upon the idea that perceptions, opinions, intentions, judgments—in short, everything concerned with the world of human consciousness—play such interesting roles in political and administrative action that their functions are worth investigating. Through experience, humans may learn from past actions. The interventions of the modern state are so extensive, their execu

Working with Assumptions in International Development Program Evaluation

Working with Assumptions in International Development Program Evaluation
Author by: Apollo M. Nkwake
Release: 2012-08-30
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9781461447979
Language: en
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​ A major reason complex programs are so difficult to evaluate is that the assumptions that inspire them are poorly articulated. Stakeholders of such programs are often unclear about how the change process will unfold. Thus, it is so difficult to reasonably anticipate the early and midterm changes that need to happen in order for a longer-term goalto be reached. The lack of clarity about the “mini-steps” that must be taken to reach a long-term outcome not only makes the task of evaluating a complex initiative challenging, but reduces the likelihood that all of the important factors related to the long term goal will be addressed. Most of the resources that have attempted to address this dilemma have been popularized as theory of change or sometimes program theory approaches. Although these approaches emphasize and elaborate the sequence of changes/mini steps that lead to the long-term goal of interest and the connections between program activities and outcomes that occur at each step of the way, they do not do enough to clarify how program managers or evaluators should deal with assumptions. Assumptions, the glue that holds all the pieces together, remain abstract and far from applicable. In this book the author tackles this important assumptions theme head-on-covering a breadth of ground from the epistemology of development assumptions, to the art of making logical assumptions as well as recognizing, explicit zing and testing assumptions with in an elaborate program theory from program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Public Program Evaluation

Public Program Evaluation
Author by: Laura Langbein
Release: 2016-07-08
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781315497884
Language: en
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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation
Author by: Joseph S. Wholey,Harry P. Hatry,Kathryn E. Newcomer
Release: 2010-03-11
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Pages: 768
ISBN: 9781118046555
Language: en
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The second edition of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation offers managers, analysts, consultants, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions a valuable resource that outlines efficient and economical methods for assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance. The Handbook has been thoroughly revised. Many new chapters have been prepared for this edition, including chapters on logic modeling and on evaluation applications for small nonprofit organizations. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation is a comprehensive resource on evaluation, covering both in-depth program evaluations and performance monitoring. It presents evaluation methods that will be useful at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations.

Practical Program Evaluation For Criminal Justice

Practical Program Evaluation For Criminal Justice
Author by: Gennaro F. Vito,George E. Higgins
Release: 2014-05-08
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9781455775460
Language: en
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Practical Program Evaluation for Criminal Justice shows readers how to apply the principles of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and evidence-based practice to criminal justice reform plans. Unlike other policy-based texts, which tend to focus more on implementation than assessment, this book provides applicable, step-by-step instruction on determining an initiative's necessity prior to its adoption (reducing the risk of wasting resources), as well as how to accurately gauge its effectiveness during initial roll-out stages. The book gradually introduces basic data analysis procedures and statistical techniques, which, once mastered, can be used to prove or disprove a program's worth. Lastly, the book introduces the types of stakeholders who should review evaluation results for quick action, as well as how to best structure reports to ensure their buy-in. Individually examines every major evaluation type (as well as the benefits, concerns, and constraints of each), including needs, theory, process, outcome/impact, and cost efficiency Defines the precise data points each evaluation type requires, and the exact manner in which this data can be collected Demonstrates how different types of evaluations can be used together to provide clear information regarding a program's overall performance level Cites and makes use of real-world policy evaluations and vetted programs

Program Evaluation for Social Workers

Program Evaluation for Social Workers
Author by: Richard M. Grinnell,Peter A. Gabor,Yvonne A. Unrau
Release: 2019
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 451
ISBN: 0190916516
Language: un
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Over the course of 20 years and eight editions, the goals of the book have remained the same: to prepare students to participate in evaluative activities within their organizations, become beginning critical producers and consumers of the professional evaluative literature, and reap the benefits of more advanced evaluation courses and texts. The authors aim to meet these objectives by presenting a unique approach that is realistic, practical, applied, and user friendly. Unlike other textbooks on the market, Program Evaluation for Social Workers presents both program-level evaluation and case-level evaluation methods; assuming that neither of these two distinct approaches alone adequately reflects the realities of the field, the book demonstrates how they can instead complement each other. This integration of approaches provides an accessible, adaptable, and realistic framework for students and beginning practitioners to more easily grasp and implement in the real world.

Program Evaluation for Social Workers

Program Evaluation for Social Workers
Author by: Richard M. Grinnell,Peter A. Gabor,Yvonne A. Unrau
Release: 2015-11-16
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 531
ISBN: 9780190227302
Language: en
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First published in 1994, this text is designed to be used by graduate-level social work students in courses on evaluation and program design. Over the course of 20 years and 6 editions, the goals of the book have remained the same: to prepare students to participate in evaluative activitieswithin their organizations; to prepare students to become critical producers and consumers of professional evaluative literature; and to prepare students for more advanced evaluation courses and texts. Grinnell, Gabor, and Unrau aim to meet these objectives by presenting a unique approach that isrealistic, practical, applied, and user-friendly. While a majority of textbooks focus on program-level evaluation, some recent books present case-level evaluation methods but rely on inferentially powerful -- but difficult-to-implement -- experimental baseline designs. This text assumes that neitherof these approaches adequately reflects the realities of the field or the needs of students and beginning practitioners. Instead, Program Evaluation for Social Workers offers a blend of the two that demonstrates how they can complement one another. The integration of case-level and program-levelapproaches provides an accessible, adaptable, and realistic framework for students to more easily grasp and implement in the real-world.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation
Author by: John M. Owen
Release: 2006-11-02
Editor: Guilford Press
Pages: 298
ISBN: 9781593854065
Language: en
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Program Evaluation, Third Edition, provides a conceptual and practical overview of the evaluation process in real-world educational, organizational, and social service settings. Using an issues-driven perspective, Owen helps students and practitioners compare and select from an array of evaluation approaches by providing an original conceptual framework for the five major forms of evaluative inquiry: proactive, clarificative, interactive, monitoring, and impact.

Practical Program Evaluation

Practical Program Evaluation
Author by: Huey T. Chen
Release: 2014-10-06
Editor: SAGE
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781412992305
Language: en
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Within his discussion of the various evaluation types, Huey T. Chen details a range of evaluation approaches suitable for use across a program's life cycle. At the core of program evaluation is its body of concepts, theories, and methods. This revised edition provides an overview of these, and includes expanded coverage of both introductory and more cutting-edge techniques within six new chapters. Illustrated throughout with real-world examples that bring the material to life, the Second Edition provides many new tools to enrich the evaluator's toolbox. New to this edition: A new comprehensive evaluation typology in Chapter 2 helps readers systematically identify stakeholders' needs and select the evaluation options best suited to those needs. A new Part V, Advanced Issues in Program Evaluation, includes three new chapters that help readers understand challenging issues and innovative approaches, and enhance their competencies in applying them. Coverage of cutting-edge evaluation perspectives and approaches, including the Action Model/Change Model Schema, helps readers think "outside the box." New chapters introduce the innovative holistic effectuality approach as an alternative to the traditional experimentation evaluation approach for conducting real-world outcome evaluation and expand the scope of evaluation from effectuality to viability and transferability. A new Chapter 14 explores the relative strengths and limitations of formal theories versus stakeholder theories. A new Chapter 15 compares two approaches to evaluation and dissemination: the top-down approach versus the bottom-up approach. The more complex evaluation theories presented in later chapters are presented in accessible language and illustrated with interesting real-world examples.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation
Author by: Robert O. Brinkerhoff,D.M. Brethower,Jeri Nowakowski,T. Hluchyj
Release: 2012-12-06
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9789401167574
Language: en
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Please glance over the questions that follow and read the answers to those that are of interest. Q: What does this manual do? A: This manual guides the user through designing an evaluation. A: Who can use it? A: Anyone interested or involved in evaluating professional trammg or inservice education programs. The primary users will be staff members who are doing their own program evaluation-maybe for the first time. (Experienced evaluators or other professional educators can find useful guides and worksheets in it.) Q: If I work through this manual, what will I accomplish? A: You will develop one or more evaluation designs, and perhaps you'll also use the designs to evaluate something to make it better or to document its current value. Q: What is an evaluation design? A: An evaluation design is a conceptual and procedural map for getting important information about training efforts to people who can use it, as shown in the graphic below.

Blended Language Program Evaluation

Blended Language Program Evaluation
Author by: Paul Gruba,Mónica S. Cárdenas-Claros,Ruslan Suvorov,Katherine Rick
Release: 2016-04-08
Editor: Springer
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781137514370
Language: en
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Advocating an argument-based approach, Blended Language Program Evaluation presents a framework for planning, conducting, and appraising evaluation of blended language learning across three institutional levels, and demonstrates its utility and application in four case studies carried out in diverse international contexts.

Practical Approaches to Applied Research and Program Evaluation for Helping Professionals

Practical Approaches to Applied Research and Program Evaluation for Helping Professionals
Author by: Casey A. Barrio Minton,A. Stephen Lenz
Release: 2019-05-21
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781351611534
Language: en
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Practical Approaches to Applied Research and Program Evaluation for Helping Professionals is a comprehensive textbook that presents master’s-level counseling students with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully evaluate the effectiveness of mental health services and programs. Each chapter, aligned with 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards, guides counseling students through study design and evaluation fundamentals that will help them understand existing research and develop studies to best assess their own applied research questions. Readers will learn the basics of research concepts as applied to evaluative tasks, the art of matching evaluative methods to questions, specific considerations for practice-based evaluative tasks, and practical statistical options matched to practice-based tasks. Readers can also turn to the book’s companion website to access worksheets for practitioner and student planning exercises, spreadsheets with formulas for basic data analysis, a sample database, PowerPoint outlines , and discussion questions and activities aligned to each chapter.

Practical Program Evaluations

Practical Program Evaluations
Author by: Gerald A. Emison
Release: 2007
Editor: SAGE
Pages: 121
ISBN: 9780872893023
Language: en
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Program evaluation requires attention to rationality, rigor, and careful methods. Yet precision and accuracy alone do not guarantee that program evaluations will be implemented. What prevents an evaluation from being thrown on a shelf to gather dust? Author Gerald Emison, a practitioner with more than 20 years experience, knows that the consumers of program evaluations operate in a decidedly practical and political arena where decision making is a very human and sometimes messy process. Getting students from ideas to outcomes means that knowing clients&BAD:rsquo; needs and effectively communicating results are just as crucial as an evaluator&BAD:rsquo;s theoretical knowledge and statistical analysis. Emison wants to help students translate their mastery of methodology into useable program evaluations that are implemented and affect actual programs.Short and to-the-point, Practical Program Evaluations hones in on the applied side of program evaluation, with the goal of creating and presenting program evaluations that are used and improve public enterprises. A handy supplement to core texts, Emison offers honest advice, emphasizing practices that focus on the client, content, control and communication of program evaluations.

The Practice of Health Program Evaluation

The Practice of Health Program Evaluation
Author by: David Grembowski
Release: 2015-09-16
Editor: SAGE Publications
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781483376394
Language: en
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Reflecting the latest developments in the field, The Practice of Health Program Evaluation, Second Edition provides readers with effective methods for evaluating health programs, policies, and health care systems, offering expert guidance for collaborating with stakeholders involved in the process. Author David Grembowski explores evaluation as a three-act play: Act I shows evaluators how to work with decision makers and other groups to identify the questions they want answered; Act II covers selecting appropriate evaluation designs and methods to answer the questions and reveal insights about the program’s impacts, cost-effectiveness, and implementation; and Act III discusses making use of the findings. Packed with relevant examples and detailed explanations, the book offers a step-by-step approach that fully prepares readers to apply research methods in the practice of health program evaluation.

Developmental Evaluation

Developmental Evaluation
Author by: Michael Quinn Patton
Release: 2010-06-14
Editor: Guilford Press
Pages: 375
ISBN: 9781606238868
Language: en
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Developmental evaluation (DE) offers a powerful approach to monitoring and supporting social innovations by working in partnership with program decision makers. In this book, eminent authority Michael Quinn Patton shows how to conduct evaluations within a DE framework. Patton draws on insights about complex dynamic systems, uncertainty, nonlinearity, and emergence. He illustrates how DE can be used for a range of purposes: ongoing program development, adapting effective principles of practice to local contexts, generating innovations and taking them to scale, and facilitating rapid response in crisis situations. Students and practicing evaluators will appreciate the book's extensive case examples and stories, cartoons, clear writing style, "closer look" sidebars, and summary tables. Provided is essential guidance for making evaluations useful, practical, and credible in support of social change.