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Overview

Outcome-based evaluation continues to play a central role in the larger field of policy analysis and speaks to the needs and interests of administrators, students, policymakers, funders, consumers, and educators. In a thoroughgoing revision of the first edition of this classic text and reference, published by Plenum in 1995, the author broadens the coverage from his previous emphasis on developmental disabilities to include other areas of human and social service delivery such as education, health, mental health, aging, substance abuse, and corrections.

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Reviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book is a primer on the principles of outcome-based evaluation and its applications to a variety of public services. Included in these services are programs for healthcare delivery, education, social services, and government support agencies. Outcome based evaluation includes effectiveness analysis, impact analysis and benefit-dost analysis.
Purpose: The purpose is to help program administrators to look beyond simply the provision of quality services to program evaluation that uses person-referenced outcomes to analyze program effectiveness, impact, and cost-benefit. These objectives are essential for evaluation of the overall societal value of public services. In general, these objectives are satisfied, and examples with tabulated data are particularly useful as guides to applications of the principles delineated in the text.
Audience: The book is written principally for current and future program administrators from a wide spectrum of service disciplines, including healthcare, human resources, education and training, and social and government services. The author is associated with Hastings College and the Mid-Nebraskan Mental Retardation Services.
Features: The book is constructed around 20 guiding principles that are summarized in the last chapter. References are provided as both annotated references and additional readings at the end of each chapter. Subject and author indexes are provided along with a detailed table of contents. The book is intelligible, clearly formatted, and easy to read. Each chapter has study questions, and examples in the form of exhibits are provided.
Assessment: Every administrator of a program that provides a service to the public is confronted with new challenges emanating from what is often referred to as the new era of accountability. These challenges go beyond demands for high-quality services to documentation of program impact, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in terms of measurable outcomes in the serviced population. For most administrators, these challenges represent uncharted territory, and a guide to pathways to meeting them is needed. This book provides such a guide. It is written from the perspective of underlying principles, with examples taken from a wide spectrum of public services. The book is recommended reading for program administrators and all others perplexed by new demands for accountability based on quantitative measures in the context of outcomes analysis.
William R. Hendee
This book is a primer on the principles of outcome-based evaluation and its applications to a variety of public services. Included in these services are programs for healthcare delivery, education, social services, and government support agencies. Outcome based evaluation includes effectiveness analysis, impact analysis and benefit-dost analysis. The purpose is to help program administrators to look beyond simply the provision of quality services to program evaluation that uses person-referenced outcomes to analyze program effectiveness, impact, and cost-benefit. These objectives are essential for evaluation of the overall societal value of public services. In general, these objectives are satisfied, and examples with tabulated data are particularly useful as guides to applications of the principles delineated in the text. The book is written principally for current and future program administrators from a wide spectrum of service disciplines, including healthcare, human resources, education and training, and social and government services. The author is associated with Hastings College and the Mid-Nebraskan Mental Retardation Services. The book is constructed around 20 guiding principles that are summarized in the last chapter. References are provided as both annotated references and additional readings at the end of each chapter. Subject and author indexes are provided along with a detailed table of contents. The book is intelligible, clearly formatted, and easy to read. Each chapter has study questions, and examples in the form of exhibits are provided. Every administrator of a program that provides a service to the public is confronted with new challenges emanating from whatis often referred to as the new era of accountability. These challenges go beyond demands for high-quality services to documentation of program impact, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in terms of measurable outcomes in the serviced population. For most administrators, these challenges represent uncharted territory, and a guide to pathways to meeting them is needed. This book provides such a guide. It is written from the perspective of underlying principles, with examples taken from a wide spectrum of public services. The book is recommended reading for program administrators and all others perplexed by new demands for accountability based on quantitative measures in the context of outcomes analysis.
Booknews
Schalock (Hastings College, Nebraska) draws on 30 years of experience evaluating education, health care, rehabilitation, and other programs to explain a type of evaluation that uses valued and objective person-referenced outcomes to analyze a program's effectiveness, impact, or benefit/cost. He introduces consumers of such evaluation to the various techniques used and how to interpret data from the analysis, and instructs producers of them how to analyze the evaluation and to use and act on the results. For both he emphasizes the importance of clarifying the purpose the intended use of the evaluation and the information needed for that use. He has incorporated suggestions made about the 1995 edition and has broadened the scope and examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306450518
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242

Table of Contents

1 The Whats and Whys of Outcome-Based Evaluation 3
2 Where to Begin and How to Proceed 25
3 Effectiveness Analysis 43
4 Impact Analysis 57
5 Benefit-Cost Analysis 75
6 Outcome-Based Evaluation Data Collection 99
7 Outcome-Based Evaluation Data Management 125
8 Outcome-Based Evaluation Designs and Data Analysis 139
9 Contextual Analysis 173
10 Reporting Outcome-Based Evaluation Results 187
11 Acting On Outcome-Based Evaluation Results 201
12 Factors Influencing The Future of Outcome-Based Evaluation 215
13 Those Guiding Principles You Should Not Forget 227
References 229
Author Index 237
Subject Index 239
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