Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation / Edition 3

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Praise for the third edition of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

"Mix three of the most highly regarded evaluators with a team of talented contributors, and you end up with an exceedingly practical and useful handbook that belongs on the reference shelf of every evaluator as well as program and policy officials." —Jonathan D. Breul, executive director, IBM Center for The Business of Government

"Joe Wholey and his colleagues have done it again—a remarkably comprehensive, thoughtful, and interesting guide to the evaluation process and its context that should be useful to sponsors, users, and practitioners alike." —Eleanor Chelimsky, former U.S. Assistant Comptroller General for Program Evaluation and Methodology

"Students and practitioners of public policy and administration are fortunate that the leading scholars on evaluation have updated their outstanding book. This third edition of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation will prove once again to be an invaluable resource in the classroom and on the front lines for a public service under increasing pressure to do more with less."—Paul L. Posner, director, public administration, George Mason University, and immediate former president, the American Society of Public Administration

"The third edition of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation reflects the evolving nature of the field, while maintaining its value as a guide to the foundational skills needed for evaluation." —Leslie J. Cooksy, current president, the American Evaluation Association

"This third edition is even more of a must-have book than its earlier incarnations—for academics to give their students a comprehensive overview of the field, for practitioners to use as a reference to the best minds on each topic, and for evaluation funders and consumers to learn what is possible and what they should expect. I've been in evaluation for 35 years, and I used the first and second editions all the time."—Michael Hendricks, Ph.D., independent evaluation consultant

Designing & using process evaluation/outcome monitoring/use of ratings by trained observers/use of focus groups/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

A comprehensive handbook for managers, administrators, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions. Experts in the field of program evaluation outline methods of assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance. The authors explain how to create an evaluation design and how to collect and analyze data in a way that will result in low-cost and successful evaluations. Among the approaches to program evaluation explored are process evaluations, continuous monitoring of program performance, and ad hoc studies of past and present programs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Meet the Author

Joseph S. Wholey is professor emeritus at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California.

Harry P. Hatry is director of the Public Management Program at the Urban Institute, where he also previously served as director of the State-Local Government Research Program.

Kathryn E. Newcomer is director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Exhibits.


The Editors.

The Contributors.

Part One: Evaluation Planning and Design.

1. Planning and Designing Useful Evaluations (Kathryn E. Newcomer, Harry P. Hatry and Joseph S. Wholey).

2. Analyzing and Engaging Stakeholders (John M. Bryson and Michael Q. Patton).

3. Using Logic Models (John A. McLaughlin and Gretchen B. Jordan).

4. Exploratory Evaluation (Joseph S. Wholey).

5. Performance Measurement: Monitoring Program Outcomes (Theodore H. Poister).

6. Comparison Group Designs (Gary T. Henry).

7. Randomized Controlled Trials and Nonrandomized Designs (Carole T. Torgerson, David J. Torgerson and Celia A. Taylor).

8. Conducting Case Studies (Karin Martinson and Carolyn O'Brien).

9. Recruitment and Retention of Study Participants (Scott C Cook, Shara Godiwalla, Keeshawna Brooks, Christopher Powers and Priya John).

10. Designing, Managing, and Analyzing Multisite Evaluations (Debra J. Rog).

Part Two: Practical Data Collection Procedures.

11. Using Agency Records (Harry P. Hatry).

12. Using Surveys (Kathryn E. Newcomer and Timothy Triplett).

13. Using Trained Observer Ratings (Barbara J. Cohn Berman, Julie Brenman and Verna Vasquez).

14. Collecting Data in the Field (Demetra Smith Nightingale and Shelli B. Rossman).

15. Using the Internet (William C. Adams).

16. Conducting Semi-Structured Interviews (William C. Adams).

17. Focus Group Interviewing (Richard A. Krueger and Mary Anne Casey).

18. Using Stories in Evaluation (Richard A. Krueger).

Part Three: Data Analysis.

19. Qualitative Data Analysis (Patricia J. Rogers and Delwyn Goodrick).

20.Using Statistics in Evaluation (Kathryn E. Newcomer and Dylan Conger).

21. Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis (Stephanie Riegg Cellini and James Edwin Kee).

22. Meta-Analyses, Systematic Reviews, and Evaluation Syntheses (Robert F. Boruch and Anthony Petrosino).

Part Four: Use of Evaluation.

23. Pitfalls in Evaluation (Harry P. Hatry and Kathryn E. Newcomer).

24. Providing Recommendations, Suggestions, and Options for Improvement (George F. Grob).

25. Writing for Impact (George F. Grob).

26. Contracting for Evaluation Products and Services (James B. Bell).

27. Use of Evaluation in Government: The Politics of Evaluation (Joseph S. Wholey).

28. Evaluation Challenges, Issues, and Trends (Harry P. Hatry, Joseph S. Wholey and Kathryn E. Newcomer).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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