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Program Evaluation An Introduction to an Evidence Based Approach

Program Evaluation  An Introduction to an Evidence Based Approach Book
Author : David Royse,Bruce A. Thyer,Deborah K. Padgett
Publisher : Cengage Learning
Release : 2015-02-06
ISBN : 1305480651
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Praised by instructors and students alike, PROGRAM EVALUATION, 6th Edition helps your students evaluate services and programs that they will encounter in their professional practice. In the process of learning evaluation techniques and skills, students will become proficient at critically analyzing evaluation studies conducted by others. The authors present and simplify all the essentials needed for a critical appreciation of evaluation issues and methodology. The text's clear writing style and clear presentation of concepts, as well as its hands-on and applied focus, guide students on how to gather evidence and demonstrate that their interventions and programs are effective in improving clients' lives. This edition's up-to-date coverage includes a greater number of references to current literature, emphasizing that consulting the literature is an important step in recognizing, developing, and evaluating evidence-based practice or research-informed practice. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation Book
Author : Emil J. Posavac,Raymond G. Carey
Publisher : Prentice Hall
Release : 2007
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Comprehensive yet accessible, this book provides a practical introduction to the skills, attitudes, and methods required to assess the worth and value of human services offered in public and private organizations in a wide range of fields. Readers are introduced to the need for such activities, the methods for carrying out evaluations, and the essential steps in organizing findings into reports. The book focuses on smaller projects carried out by an internal evaluator (i.e., on the work of people who are closely associatedwith the service to be evaluated), and is designed to help program planners, developers, and evaluators to work with program staff members who might be threatenedby program evaluation. Features case studies and short profiles of individual program evaluators engaged in conducting evaluations in private service agencies, foundations, universities, and federal, state, and local governments.Program Evaluation: An Overview. Planning an Evaluation. Selecting Criteria and Setting Standards. Developing Measures. Ethics in Program Evaluation. The Assessment of Need. Monitoring the Operation of Programs. Single Group, Nonexperimental Outcome Evaluations. Quasi-Experimental Approaches to Outcome Evaluation. Using Experiments to Evaluate Programs. Analysis of Costs and Outcomes. Qualitative Evaluation Methods. Evaluation Reports: Interpreting and Communicating Findings. How to Encourage Utilization.For Program Evaluators, Program Planners, Program Administrators, Public Administrators in all types of human services--Criminal Justice, Corrections, Public Health, Public Administration, Community Nursing, Educational Administration, Substance Abuse Program Administration, Social Work, etc.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation Book
Author : Kathryn E. Newcomer,Harry P. Hatry,Joseph S. Wholey
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2015-08-31
ISBN : 1118893603
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The leading program evaluation reference, updated with the latest tools and techniques The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Neatly integrating authoritative, high-level information with practicality and readability, this guide gives you the tools and processes you need to analyze your program's operations and outcomes more accurately. This new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised, with new coverage of the latest evaluation methods, including: Culturally responsive evaluation Adopting designs and tools to evaluate multi-service community change programs Using role playing to collect data Using cognitive interviewing to pre-test surveys Coding qualitative data You'll discover robust analysis methods that produce a more accurate picture of program results, and learn how to trace causality back to the source to see how much of the outcome can be directly attributed to the program. Written by award-winning experts at the top of the field, this book also contains contributions from the leading evaluation authorities among academics and practitioners to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference on the topic. Valid and reliable data constitute the bedrock of accurate analysis, and since funding relies more heavily on program analysis than ever before, you cannot afford to rely on weak or outdated methods. This book gives you expert insight and leading edge tools that help you paint a more accurate picture of your program's processes and results, including: Obtaining valid, reliable, and credible performance data Engaging and working with stakeholders to design valuable evaluations and performance monitoring systems Assessing program outcomes and tracing desired outcomes to program activities Providing robust analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data Governmental bodies, foundations, individual donors, and other funding bodies are increasingly demanding information on the use of program funds and program results. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation shows you how to collect and present valid and reliable data about programs.

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement Book
Author : James C. McDavid,Irene Huse,Laura R. L. Hawthorn
Publisher : SAGE Publications
Release : 2012-10-25
ISBN : 145228959X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice, Second Edition offers an accessible, practical introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations, and has been extensively updated since the first edition. Using examples, it covers topics in a detailed fashion, making it a useful guide for students as well as practitioners who are participating in program evaluations or constructing and implementing performance measurement systems. Authors James C. McDavid, Irene Huse, and Laura R. L. Hawthorn guide readers through conducting quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, needs assessments, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as constructing, implementing and using performance measurement systems. The importance of professional judgment is highlighted throughout the book as an intrinsic feature of evaluation practice.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation Book
Author : Kenneth J. Linfield,Emil J. Posavac
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2018-08-21
ISBN : 1351592017
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Program Evaluation Performance Measurement

Program Evaluation   Performance Measurement Book
Author : James C. McDavid,Laura R. L. Hawthorn
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 2006
ISBN : 9781412906685
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice offers a conceptual, as well as practical, introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations. This introductory text discusses 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.

Practical Program Evaluation

Practical Program Evaluation Book
Author : Huey T. Chen,Huey-tsyh Chen
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 2005
ISBN : 9780761902331
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Concentrates on the steps vital to program evaluation, including systematically identifying stakeholder needs, selecting evaluation options best suited to particular needs, and turning decisions into action.

Program Evaluation for Social Workers

Program Evaluation for Social Workers Book
Author : Richard M. Grinnell,Peter A. Gabor,Yvonne A. Unrau
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2015-11-16
ISBN : 0190227303
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

The Program Evaluation Standards

The Program Evaluation Standards Book
Author : Donald B. Yarbrough
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 2010-07-29
ISBN : 1412986567
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Book
Author : John M Owen,Patricia Rogers
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 2012-07-18
ISBN : 1446275671
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Foundations of Program Evaluation

Foundations of Program Evaluation Book
Author : William R. Shadish,Thomas D. Cook,Laura C. Leviton
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 1991
ISBN : 9780803953017
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Foundations of Program Evaluation heralds a thorough exploration of the field of program evaluation--looking back on its origins. By summarizing, comparing, and contrasting the work of seven major theorists of program evaluation, this book provides an important perspective on the current state of evaluation theory and provides suggestions for ways of improving its practice. Beginning in Chapter Two, the authors develop a conceptual framework to analyze how successfully each theory meets the specific criteria of its framework. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to the presentation of the theoretical and practical advice of a significant theorist--Michael Scriven, Donald Campbell, Carol Weiss, Joseph Wholey, Robert Stake, Lee Cronbach, and Peter Rossi.

Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation

Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation Book
Author : Albert N. Link,Nicholas S. Vonortas
Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
Release : 2013-01-01
ISBN : 0857932403
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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'The economic crisis has simultaneously placed a strong emphasis on the role of R&D as an engine of economic growth and a demand that limited public resources are demonstrated to have had the maximum possible impact. Rigorous evaluation is the key to meeting these needs. This Handbook brings together highly experienced leaders in the field to provide a comprehensive and well-organised state-of-the-art overview of the range of methods available. It will prove invaluable to experienced practitioners, students in the field and more widely to those who want to increase their understanding of the complex and pervasive ways in which technological advance contributes to economic and social progress.' – Luke Georghiou, University of Manchester, UK 'Theoretical and empirical research on program evaluation has advanced rapidly in scope and quality. A concomitant trend is increasing pressure on policymakers to show that programs are "effective". Now is the time for a comprehensive status report on state-of-the-art research and methods by leading scholars in a variety of disciplines on program evaluation. This outstanding collection of contributions will serve as a valuable reference tool for academics, policymakers, and practitioners for many years to come.' – Donald S. Siegel, University at Albany, SUNY, US There has been a dramatic increase in expenditures on public goods over the past thirty years, particularly in the area of research and development. As governments explore the many opportunities for growth in this area, they – and the general public – are becoming increasingly concerned with the transparency, accountability and performance of public programs. This pioneering Handbook offers a collection of critical essays on the theory and practice of program evaluation, written by some of the most well-known experts in the field. As this volume demonstrates, a wide variety of methodologies exist to evaluate particularly the objectives and outcomes of research and development programs. These include surveys, statistical and econometric estimations, patent analyses, bibliometrics, scientometrics, network analyses, case studies, and historical tracings. Contributors divide these and other methods and applications into four categories – economic, non-economic, hybrid and data-driven – in order to discuss the many factors that affect the utility of each technique and how that impacts the technological, economic and societal forecasts of the programs in question. Scholars, practitioners and students with an interest in economics and innovation will all find this Handbook an invaluable resource.

The Program Evaluation Standards

The Program Evaluation Standards Book
Author : The Joint Committee on Standards of Educational Evaluation,Joint Committee On Standards for Educati,The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (Kalamazoo [Michigan]).,The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation,James R. Sanders,The Joint Commit Educational Evaluation,American Association of School Administrators
Publisher : SAGE
Release : 1994-04-06
ISBN : 9780803957329
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Second Edition of this volume is the result of an extensive review process by the Joint Committee of the original Standards for Evaluations of Educational Programs, Projects, and Materials published in 1981. The 30 standards are divided into four groups corresponding to the attributes of fair programme evaluation - utility; feasibility; propriety; and accuracy. In this new edition original standards have been combined and others added, with new case illustrations featuring applications of the standards to reform efforts in a diverse range of settings including schools, universities, law, medicine, nursing, business and social service agencies. Taken as a set, the Standards provide a working philosophy for evaluators.

Public Program Evaluation

Public Program Evaluation Book
Author : Laura Langbein
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-07-08
ISBN : 1315497883
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

Public Program Evaluation

Public Program Evaluation Book
Author : N.A
Publisher : M.E. Sharpe
Release :
ISBN : 9780765635617
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Chapters include: "Performance measurement and benchmarking", "Designing useful surveys for evaluation" and "Defensible program evaluations".

Policy Program Evaluation and Research in Disability

Policy  Program Evaluation  and Research in Disability Book
Author : Julie Ann Racino
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release : 1999
ISBN : 9780789005977
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Explore case studies from the 1980s and 1990s that highlight the progress of community programs for people with disabilities! Policy, Program Evaluation, and Research in Disability: Community Support for All is an essential research reference on how community support systems can greatly assist people with diverse disabilities to live fuller lives outside of institutions. Based on qualitative research methods, Policy, Program Evaluation, and Research in Disability reflects over a decade of technical assistance and research in state, regional, and local communities throughout the United States. Community service managers, policy makers, researchers, activists, individuals with disabilities, and their families will benefit from the numerous studies that promote a better quality of life for those living with disabilities. Structured around the support and empowerment paradigm, which strives to enhance the independence of people with disabilities, Policy, Program Evaluation, and Research in Disability offers studies that combine in-depth, qualitative research approaches for use with field practicums, research internships, and professional development. You will examine studies that cover several different types of community support systems, in the fields of mental health, mental retardation, brain injury, physical and multiple disabilities. In Policy, Program Evaluation, and Research in Disability, some of the topics you will read about include: public policies to support changes in communities and governmental programs advocating for statewide changes in housing andcommunity support programs national, regional, and local studies of organizations and innovations supporting people with disabilities working for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in public schools and communities agencies as supporters and funders of personal choice, self-advocacy, and services to families case studies on community integration that show people with disabilities living successful lives personal assistance services as described by leading consumer experts and advocates maximizing the personal futures of people with disabilities through supported employment, housing and community livingWith Policy, Program Evaluation, and Research in Disability, you will gain an in-depth look at the programs and policies available to people with disabilities and the emerging trends, directions, and recommendations for these programs. An excellent guide and research tool, this book challenges you to reach to another level of advocacy and not to settle for the status quo when it comes to bringing interdependence to everyone.

Program Evaluation in Practice

Program Evaluation in Practice Book
Author : Dean T. Spaulding
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2008-02-25
ISBN : 0787986852
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The lack of teaching cases in program evaluation is often cited as a gap in the field. This ground-breaking book fills this gap, covering the essentials of program evaluation as it is used in education and with a wide variety of evaluation projects to be discussed, analyzed, and reflected upon. The book covers the essentials of program evaluation, including foundation and types of evaluation, tools for collecting data, writing of reports, and sharing of findings. Individual cases cover classroom instruction, community-based program, teacher training, professional development, a secondary-school based program, after-school program, reading achievement, school-improvement grant, and confidentiality. Each case is structured to include learning objectives, program description, evaluation plan, summary of evaluation activities and findings, key concepts, discussion questions, class activities, and suggested reading. As useful for students as it is for evaluators in training, Program Evaluation in Practice is a must-have for those aspiring to become effective evaluators.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation Book
Author : Robert L. Schalock,C.V.D. Thornton
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 1988-07-31
ISBN : 9780306428401
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is written to help human service program administrators either in terpret or conduct program evaluations. Our intended audience includes admin istrators and those students being trained for careers in human services administration. Our focus is on persons interested in assessing programs in which people work with people to improve their condition. The book's title, Program Evaluation: A Field Guide for Administrators, describes how we hope you use this book-as a tool. In writing the book, we have attempted to meet the needs of persons who have to conduct program evaluations as well as those who must use those evaluations. Hence, we have attempted to make the book "user friendly. " You will find, for example, numer ous guidelines, cautions, and specific suggestions. Use the book actively. Our primary motive is to help administrators make better decisions. In fact, the primary reason for program evaluation is to help program administrators make good decisions. These decisions often must balance the goals of equity (or fairness in the distribution of goods and services among people in the economy), efficiency (obtaining the most output for the least resources), and political feasi bility. Take, for example, the administrator who must decide between a new program favored by some of the program's constituents, and maintaining the status quo, which is favored by other constituents.

Public Policy and Program Evaluation

Public Policy and Program Evaluation Book
Author : E. Vedung
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
Release :
ISBN : 9781412832427
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.