Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation / Edition 2

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation / Edition 2

by Joseph S. Wholey
     
 

The second edition of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation offers managers, analysts, consultants, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions a valuable resource that outlines efficient and economical methods for assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance.

The Handbook has been thoroughly

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Overview

The second edition of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation offers managers, analysts, consultants, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions a valuable resource that outlines efficient and economical methods for assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance.

The Handbook has been thoroughly revised. Many new chapters have been prepared for this edition, including chapters on logic modeling and on evaluation applications for small nonprofit organizations.

The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation is a comprehensive resource on evaluation, covering both in-depth program evaluations and performance monitoring. It presents evaluation methods that will be useful at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations.

This important book covers:

  • A variety of evaluation designs, including designs for ongoing monitoring of program results and designs for in-depth evaluation of program performance
  • Selection of data collection procedures that help evaluators obtain relevant information in an efficient manner
  • Methods for analyzing evaluation data
  • Steps for increasing the usefulness and actual use of evaluation results by policymakers, managers, their staff members, and other stakeholders in order to improve programs and inform policy decisionmaking
  • Selection and training of evaluators, quality control of the enterprise, standards and ethics in evaluation work, the creation of incentives for undertaking program evaluation, and future trends in program evaluation

Praise for the First Edition

"I am better in my job because I read the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, and without question, the analysts I supervise would benefit from reading this handbook."
John A. Mahone, Virginia Department of Planning and Budget

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118008157
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/31/2004
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Exhibits

Preface

The Editors

The Contributors

PART ONE EVALUATION PLANNING AND DESIGN 1

1 Planning and Designing Useful Evaluations Joseph S. Wholey Wholey, Joseph S. 5

2 Analyzing and Engaging Stakeholders Michael Q. Patton Patton, Michael Q. 30

3 Using Logic Models Gretchen B. Jordan Jordan, Gretchen B. 55

4 Exploratory Evaluation Joseph S. Wholey Wholey, Joseph S. 81

5 Performance Measurement: Monitoring Program Outcomes Theodore H. Poister Poister, Theodore H. 100

6 Comparison Group Designs Gary T. Henry Henry, Gary T. 125

7 Randomized Controlled Trials and Nonrandomized Designs Celia A. Taylor Taylor, Celia A. 144

8 Conducting Case Studies Carolyn O'Brien O'Brien, Carolyn 163

9 Recruitment and Retention of Study Participants Priya John John, Priya 182

10 Designing, Managing, and Analyzing Multisite Evaluations Debra J. Rog Rog, Debra J. 208

PART TWO PRACTICAL DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURES 237

11 Using Agency Records Harry P. Hatry Hatry, Harry P. 243

12 Using Surveys Timothy Triplett Triplett, Timothy 262

13 Using Trained Observer Ratings Verna Vasquez Vasquez, Verna 298

14 Collecting Data in the Field Shelli B. Rossman Rossman, Shelli B. 321

15 Using the Internet William C. Adams Adams, William C. 347

16 Conducting Semi-Structured Interviews William C. Adams Adams, William C. 365

17 Focus Group Interviewing Mary Anne Casey Casey, Mary Anne 378

18 Using Stories in Evaluation Richard A. Krueger Krueger, Richard A. 404

PART THREE DATA ANALYSIS 425

19 Qualitative Data Analysis Delwyn Goodrick Goodrick, Delwyn 429

20 Using Statistics in Evaluation Dylan Conger Conger, Dylan 454

21 Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis James Edwin Kee Kee, James Edwin 493

22 Meta-Analyses, Systematic Reviews, and Evaluation Syntheses Anthony Petrosino Petrosino, Anthony 531

PART FOUR USE OF EVALUATION 555

23 Pitfalls in Evaluations Kathryn E. Newcomer Newcomer, Kathryn E. 557

24 Providing Recommendations, Suggestions, and Options for Improvement George F. Grob Grob, George F. 581

25 Writing for Impact George F. Grob Grob, George F. 594

26 Contracting for Evaluation Products and Services James B. Bell Bell, James B. 620

27 Use of Evaluation in Government: The Politics of Evaluation Joseph S. Wholey Wholey, Joseph S. 651

28 Evaluation Challenges, Issues, and Trends Kathryn E. Newcomer Newcomer, Kathryn E. 668

Name Index 681

Subject Index 685

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