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Credible and Actionable Evidence: The Foundation for Rigorous and Influential Evaluations / Edition 2
     

Credible and Actionable Evidence: The Foundation for Rigorous and Influential Evaluations / Edition 2

by Stewart I. Donaldson
 

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ISBN-10: 1483306259

ISBN-13: 9781483306254

Pub. Date: 09/16/2014

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Addressing one of the most important and contentious issues challenging applied research and evaluation practice today—what constitutes credible and actionable evidence?—this volume offers a balanced and current context in which to analyze the long-debated quantitative-qualitative paradigms. In the Second Edition, the contributors, a veritable

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Addressing one of the most important and contentious issues challenging applied research and evaluation practice today—what constitutes credible and actionable evidence?—this volume offers a balanced and current context in which to analyze the long-debated quantitative-qualitative paradigms. In the Second Edition, the contributors, a veritable “who’s who” in evaluation, discuss the diversity and changing nature of credible and actionable evidence; offer authoritative guidance about using credible and actionable evidence; explain how to use it to provide rigorous and influential evaluations; and include lessons from their own applied research and evaluation to suggest ways to address the key issues and challenges. Reflecting the latest developments in the field and covering both experimental and non-experimental methods, the new edition includes revised and updated chapters, summaries of strengths and weaknesses across varied approaches, and contains diverse definitions of evidence. Also included are two new chapters on assessing credibility and synthesizing evidence for policy makers. This is a valuable resource for students and others interested in how to best study and evaluate programs, policies, organizations, and other initiatives designed to improve aspects of the human condition and societal well-being.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781483306254
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
919,339
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Examining the Backbone of Contemporary Evaluation Practice: Credible and Actionable Evidence - Stewart I. Donaldson
2. Social Inquiry Paradigms as a Frame for the Debate on Credible Evidence - Christina A. Christie and Dreolin Fleischer
3. How People Judge the Credibility of Information: Lessons for Evaluation From Cognitive and Information Sciences - Robin Lin Miller
Part II: Credible and Actionable Evidence: The Role of Randomized Experiments
4. When Getting It Right Matters: The Struggle for Rigorous Evidence of Impact and to Increase Its Influence Continues - Gary T. Henry
5. Randomized Controlled Trials: A Gold Standard or Gold Plated? - Leonard Bickman and Stephanie M. Reich
6. Demythologizing Causation and Evidence - Michael Scriven
Part III: Credible and Actionable Evidence: Perspectives From a Range of Evaluation Designs and Methods
7. When and How Qualitative Methods Provide Credible and Actionable Evidence: Reasoning With Rigor, Probity, and Transparency - Sharon F. Rallis
8. Seeing Is Believing: Using Images as Evidence in Evaluation - Sandra Mathison
9. Credibility, Policy Use, and the Evaluation Synthesis - Eleanor Chelimsky
Part IV: Credible and Actionable Evidence: General Perspectives
10. How Evidence Earns Credibility in Evaluation - Jennifer C. Greene
11. Actionable Evidence in Context: Contextual Influences on Adequacy and Appropriateness of Method Choice in Evaluation - George Julnes and Debra Rog
12. Credible Evidence of Effectiveness: Necessary but Not Sufficient - Thomas A. Schwandt
13. Credible and Actionable Evidence: A Framework, Overview, and Suggestions for Future Practice and Research - Melvin M. Mark

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