Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice / Edition 2

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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice, Second Edition offers an accessible, practical introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations, and has been extensively updated since the first edition. Using examples, it covers topics in a detailed fashion, making it a useful guide for students as well as practitioners who are participating in program evaluations or constructing and implementing performance measurement systems. Authors James C. Mc David, Irene Huse, and Laura R. L. Hawthorn guide readers through conducting quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, needs assessments, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as constructing, implementing and using performance measurement systems. The importance of professional judgment is highlighted throughout the book as an intrinsic feature of evaluation practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael C. Pyryt
"Effective program evaluation is dependent on being able to see both the forest (the big picture) and the trees (the numerous technical considerations). Mc David and Hawthorn's text provides an excellent introduction to the program evaluation forest. "-PSYCHCRITIQUES
Stanley Brooks and Charles Lusthaus
"This book is a valuable addition to the literature concerned with the question of the utility of program evaluation and performance measurement to program improvement. "
The Australian Journal of Public Administration
"These two scholars have produced a thorough introductory book covering almost all aspects of 'program evaluation' and 'performance measurement'. It is theoretically informed and comprehensive and draws out the pros and cons of different approaches to evaluation and performance review." — John Wanna
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412978316
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 200,778
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Mc David (Ph D, Indiana, 1975) is a professor of Public Administration at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He is a specialist in program evaluation, performance measurement, and performance management. He has conducted extensive research and evaluations focusing on federal, state, provincial, and local governments in the United States and Canada. His published research has appeared in the American Journal of Evaluation as well as the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

In 1993, Dr. Mc David won the University of Victoria Alumni Association Teaching Award. In 1996, he won the J. E. Hodgetts Award for the best English-language article published in Canadian Public Administration. From 1990 to 1996, he was Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. In 2004, he was named a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Victoria and was also Acting Director of the School of Public Administration during that year. In addition to teaching online courses in the School of Public Administration Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Program, he is a member of the Evaluation Advisory Committee for the Canadian International Development Agency.

Irene Huse holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria and is a Ph D student in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria.She has worked as an evaluator and researcher at the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria, and in the private sector; she has also worked as a policy analyst in several government ministries in British Columbia. Her research has appeared in the American Journal of Evaluation and the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. She is a recent recipient of a three-year Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Laura R. L.Hawthorn holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian history from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Victoria. After completing her MPA, she worked as a manager for several years in the British Columbia public service and non-profit sector before leaving to raise a family. She is currently living in Vancouver, working on her horse farm and being mom to her two small boys.

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Table of Contents

1. Key Concepts and Issues in Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
2. Understanding and Applying Program Logic Models
3. Research Designs for Program Evaluations
4. Measurement for Program Evaluation and Performance Monitoring
5. Applying Qualitative Evaluation Methods
6. Needs Assessments for Program Development and Adjustment
7. Concepts and Issues in Economic Evaluation
8. Performance Measurement as an Approach to Evaluation
9. Design and Implementation of Performance Measurement Systems
10. Using Performance Measurement for Accountability and Performance Improvement
11. Program Evaluation and Program Management: Joining Theory and Practice
12. The Nature and Practice of Professional Judgment in Program Evaluation
About the Authors

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