Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millennium / Edition 1

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Overview

Today's evaluators are being challenged to help design and evaluate social programs intended to prevent and ameliorate complex social problems in a variety of settings, including schools, communities, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of world-renowned evaluators, the goal of this new book is to provide the most up-to-date theorizing about how to practice evaluation in the new millennium. It features specific examples of evaluations of social programs and problems, including the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular and promising evaluation approaches, to help readers determine when particular methods are likely to be most effective. As such, it is the most comprehensive volume available on modern theories of evaluation practice.

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.

Evaluating Social
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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Diverse Visions for Evaluation in the New Millennium: Should We Integrate or Embrace Diversity? 3
Ch. 2 Evaluation in the New Millennium: The Transdisciplinary Vision 19
Ch. 3 Improving Performance and Accountability: Responding to Emerging Management Challenges 43
Ch. 4 Empowerment Evaluation Strikes a Responsive Cord 63
Ch. 5 Fourth Generation Evaluation in the New Millennium 77
Ch. 6 The Inclusive View of Evaluation: Visions for the New Millennium 91
Ch. 7 Theory-Driven Program Evaluation in the New Millennium 109
Ch. 8 Theory-Driven Evaluation and Construct Validity 145
Ch. 9 Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: A Discussant's View 159
Ch. 10 Examining the Role of Cultural Competency in Program Evaluation: Visions for New Millennium Evaluators 167
Ch. 11 Toward a Integrative View of the Theory and Practice of Program and Policy Evaluation 183
About the Contributors 205
Author Index 211
Subject Index 215
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