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Evaluating Social Programs and
Problems presents diverse, cutting-edge perspectives articulated by prominent evaluators and evaluation theorists on topics including, but not limited to:
*Michael Scriven on evaluation as a trans-discipline;
*Joseph S. Wholey on results-oriented management;
*David Fetterman on empowerment evaluation;
*Yvonna S. Lincoln on fourth-generation evaluation;
*Donna M. Mertens on inclusive evaluation;
*Stewart I. Donaldson on theory-driven evaluation; and
*Melvin M. Mark on an integrated view of diverse visions for evaluation.
Programs and Problems is a valuable resource and should be considered required reading for practicing evaluators, evaluators-in-training, scholars and teachers of evaluation and research methods, and other professionals interested in improving social problem-solving efforts in the new millennium.
Contents: S.I. Donaldson, M. Scriven, Preface. Part I: Introduction. S.I. Donaldson, M. Scriven, Diverse Visions for Evaluation in the New Millennium: Should We Integrate or Embrace Diversity? Part II: Visions for Evaluating Social Programs and Problems. M. Scriven, Evaluation in the New Millennium: The Transdisciplinary Vision. J.S. Wholey, Improving Performance and Accountability: Responding to Emerging Management Challenges. D. Fetterman, Empowerment Evaluation Strikes a Responsive Cord. Y.S. Lincoln, Fourth Generation Evaluation in the New Millennium. D.M. Mertens, The Inclusive View of Evaluation: Visions for the New Millennium. S.I. Donaldson, Theory-Driven Program Evaluation in the New Millennium. Part III: Reactions & Alternative Visions. W.D. Crano, Theory-Driven Evaluation and Construct Validity. E.P. Thomas, Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: A Discussant's View. B.L. Guzmán, Examining the Role of Cultural Competency in Program Evaluation: Visions for New Millennium Evaluators. M.M. Mark, Toward an Integrative View of the Theory and Practice of Program and Policy Evaluation.