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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: For those in the fields of evaluation research, community psychology, and public policy who are familiar with program evaluation, this book focuses on the ethical challenges that may arise in completing such work.
Purpose: The main intent is to provide concrete examples of ethical challenges in program evaluation, as well as expert opinions on how to handle these challenges.
Audience: The book is targeted at anyone involved in program evaluation, but will mostly include professionals and students from the above-mentioned disciplines. The editor and contributing authors hail from academic backgrounds in related fields that put them in an ideal position to comment on this topic.
Features: This book is written at a level that anticipates some background knowledge of program evaluation. Each chapter begins with a description of the program to be evaluated, then has discussions of ethical issues and looks towards the Guiding Principles (which are in an appendix) for insight. Areas where the Guiding Principles are not helpful are also surveyed. Different authors chime in with comments about the situation, analysis of issues, and suggestions for ways to overcome these challenges. This is done for each stage of the program evaluation from the initial contract to utilizing the results. Readers will find little in the way of figures or tables; the interminable text can become tedious.
Assessment: Although readers will find some ethical challenges in this book, it is more of a best-practice volume than a survey of ethical confrontation. It may be useful to some seeking guidance for common problems, but it also may be a bit insipid.