Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research

Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research

by Sally K. Ward, David Finkelhor
     
 

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Understand and evaluate family violence programs for your community!

Twenty years ago, the major issue in creating interventions to prevent domestic violence was persuading the courts, the funding agencies, and society that domestic violence was a serious problem worthy of time, trouble, and money. Now that the importance of domestic violence has been…  See more details below

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Understand and evaluate family violence programs for your community!

Twenty years ago, the major issue in creating interventions to prevent domestic violence was persuading the courts, the funding agencies, and society that domestic violence was a serious problem worthy of time, trouble, and money. Now that the importance of domestic violence has been established, we need safe and effective ways to evaluate those interventions to see which ones are working and how they can be improved. Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research brings together some of the best minds in the field discussing such vital evaluation issues as policy implications, alternative designs for evaluation studies, and ethical concerns.

This comprehensive book approaches the vexed question of evaluation with compassion as well as scientific rigor. Clearly, traditional double-blind studies and control groups are difficult to conduct when family violence is the subject; it is ethically indefensible to sit back and watch abusers hurt their mates or children when interventions are available. Yet finding usable methods of program evaluation is also essential. Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research confronts these questions and discusses practical ways to evaluate a variety of domestic violence programs.

Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research draws on years of experience to address the difficult questions raised, including:

  • going beyond evaluating program effectiveness to analyze why and how interventions help change behavior
  • creating new research designs to adapt to the unique concerns of the family violence field
  • using meta-analysis for program evaluation research
  • determining the interaction between research and program results
  • identifying barriers between community activists and social scientists that may impede research

    Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research offers fresh and creative ways to do program evaluations, guarantee subjects’physical and emotional safety, and make good science humane.

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Discusses issues related to evaluation of domestic violence programs, such as policy implications, alternative designs for evaluation studies, and ethical concerns. Treatment goes beyond evaluating program effectiveness to analyzing why and how interventions help change behavior, and creating new research designs to adapt to the unique concepts of the family violence field. Examines the use of meta-analysis for program evaluation research, and points to barriers between community activists and social scientists that may impede research. Co-published simultaneously as , vol. 4, no. 1 (#7), 2000. The editors teach sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317719984
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/22/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
3 MB

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Richard D. Krugman
Richard D. Krugman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Dean, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
Helpful to researchers and doctoral students in the field of family violence. The field of evaluation research has made great strides in recent years. While the quantity of research is still fairly small, the quality is improving. This volume will help it improve more.

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