Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation / Edition 2

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"The book is designed to enable students of public policy, policymakers and mangers to obtain useful information and conduct successful systematic evaluations, even under tight resource constraints. This text presents a wide variety of approaches to evaluation through brief, authoritative articles by top academics and practitioners. Thoroughly revised and updated this third edition is filled with the most current information, up-to-date examples, and puts increased emphasis on practical applicability. The third edition also features a new and up-dated instructor's manual"-- Provided by publisher.

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

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118008157
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/31/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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


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


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


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


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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