Fundamental Issues in Evaluation / Edition 1
  • Fundamental Issues in Evaluation / Edition 1
  • Fundamental Issues in Evaluation / Edition 1

Fundamental Issues in Evaluation / Edition 1

by Nick L. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 1593853424

ISBN-13: 9781593853426

Pub. Date: 11/19/2007

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Providing state-of-the-art perspectives on what evaluation is, its purpose, and how to ensure it is done well, this book brings together major evaluation researchers from a variety of social and behavioral science disciplines. Each chapter identifies a fundamental issue facing the field today; considers its implications for theory, method, practice, or the

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Providing state-of-the-art perspectives on what evaluation is, its purpose, and how to ensure it is done well, this book brings together major evaluation researchers from a variety of social and behavioral science disciplines. Each chapter identifies a fundamental issue facing the field today; considers its implications for theory, method, practice, or the profession; and explores one or more approaches to dealing with the issue. Among the topics addressed are the nature of expertise in evaluation, how to build a better evidence base for evaluation theory, promoting cultural competence in evaluation, how to synthesize evaluation research findings, ways to involve stakeholders in decision making, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593853426
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/19/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
1,025,244
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Fundamental Issues in Evaluation, Nick L. Smith

I. Issues of Theory

2. The Relevance of Practical Knowledge Traditions to Evaluation Practice, Thomas A. Schwandt

3. Stakeholder Representation in Culturally Complex Communities: Insights from the Transformative Paradigm, Donna M. Mertens

II. Issues of Method

4. Multiple Threats to the Validity of Randomized Studies, Judith A. Droitcour and Mary Grace Kovar

5. Research Synthesis: Toward Broad-Based Evidence, Susan N. Labin

6. Building a Better Evidence Base for Evaluation Theory: Beyond General Calls to a Framework of Types of Research on Evaluation, Melvin M. Mark

III. Issues of Practice

7. Complexities in Setting Program Standards in Collaborative Evaluation, J. Bradley Cousins and Lyn M. Shulha

8. Building Evaluation Recommendations for Improvement: Insights from Student Formative Assessments, Carlos C. Ayala and Paul R. Brandon

IV. Issues of the Profession

9. What Is the Difference between Evaluation and Research--and Why Do We Care?, Sandra Mathison

10. The Impact of Narrow Views of Scientific Rigor on Evaluation Practices for Underrepresented Groups, Elmima C. Johnson, Karen E. Kirkhart, Anna Marie Madison, Grayson B. Noley, and Guillermo Solano-Flores

11. Improving the Practice of Evaluation through Indigenous Values and Methods: Decolonizing Evaluation Practice--Returning the Gaze from Hawai‘i and Aotearoa, Alice J. Kawakami, Kanani Aton, Fiona Cram, Morris K. Lai, and Laurie Porima

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