Program Evaluation in Practice: Core Concepts and Examples for Discussion and Analysis / Edition 1

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In the field of program evaluation, there is a decided lack of teaching cases. Program Evaluation in Practice, fills this gap and covers the essentials of program evaluation as it is used in education. The book provides a wide variety of evaluation projects that can be used for discussion, for analysis, and for reflection. Program Evaluation in Practice addresses foundations and theories of evaluation, tools for collecting data, writing of reports, and sharing of findings. Individual cases focus on classroom instruction, a community-based program, teacher training, professional development, a secondary-school based program, an after-school program, reading achievement, a school-improvement grant, and confidentiality. Designed as a practical classroom text, each of the book's case studies uses the following framework: The Evaluator: Discusses the role of the evaluator in a particular project as well as the evaluator's background and education. The Evaluation Plan: Maps out the evaluator's detailed plan and explains the objectives, methods, and tools that are used. Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings: Describes the evaluator's data collection process and offers an overview of the evaluation findings. At the end of each case, the evaluator is presented with a dilemma to resolve. Final Thoughts: Concludes the chapter with an explanation of what really happened at the end of the evaluation, shows how the evaluator handled the dilemma, and provides the results of the project. As useful for students as it is for evaluators in training, Program Evaluation in Practice is a must-have for those aspiring to become effective evaluators.

About the Author:
Dean T.Spaulding is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the College of Saint Rose. He is the former chair for Teaching Program Evaluation for the American Evaluation Association

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"Structurally, Spaulding's text is a smashing success. Thepresentation and organization of the content, which is a basicintroduction to the foundations of program evaluation and thestand-alone case studies, provide optimum opportunities to supportauthentic learning about a diverse set of topics central to thepractice of program evaluation. Spaulding developed "frameworks" toguide each case study. Consistent across cases, the frameworkincludes information about the evaluator, the program, theevaluation plan, the summary of evaluation activities and findings,and the final thoughts. This technique provides both instructorsand students the necessary scaffolding to build on students' priorknowledge to develop a fund of knowledge specific to the practiceof program evaluation.

"As a junior faculty member responsible for teaching evaluationcourses, I would have no way of personally accumulating the numberand diversity of program evaluation examples to be used in mycourse of the caliber contained in this text. Moreover, as programevaluation courses increasingly become core curricula in diversegraduate programs around the world this is no trivial contributionmade by Spaulding." – American Journal of Evaluation,September 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787986858
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Series: Research Methods for the Social Sciences Series, #13
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean T. Spaulding is a professional evaluator and also serves on the faculty at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York in the Department of Educational Psychology, where he teaches educational research methodology and program evaluation. He is a coauthor of Methods in Educational Research: From Theory to Practice from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
The Author     xix
Foundations of Program Evaluation     3
Program Evaluation Vignette     3
What Is Program Evaluation?     5
Training in Program Evaluation     10
Internal and External Evaluators     11
Types or Models of Program Evaluation     12
How to Use this Book     14
Additional Resources     14
Tools for Collecting Data     19
Writing the Evaluation Report     29
Dissemination and Use of Evaluation Findings     32
Case Studies
Improving Student Performance in Mathematics Through Inquiry-Based Instruction     39
Learning Objectives     39
The Evaluator     40
The Program     44
The Evaluation Plan     45
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     49
Final Thoughts     53
Key Concepts     53
Discussion Questions     53
Class Activities     54
Suggested Reading     54
Evaluation of a Community-Based Mentor Program     55
LearningObjective     55
The Evaluators     55
The Program     57
The Evaluation Plan     58
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     62
Final Thoughts     63
Key Concepts     63
Discussion Questions     63
Class Activities     64
Suggested Reading     64
Teacher Candidates Integrating Technology into Their Student Teaching Experience     65
Learning Objectives     65
The Evaluators     66
The Program     66
The Evaluation Plan     66
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     72
Final Thoughts     72
Key Concepts     72
Discussion Questions     72
Class Activities     73
Suggested Reading     74
Evaluation of a Professional Development Technology Project in a Low-Performing School District     75
Learning Objectives     75
The Evaluator     76
The Program     76
The Evaluation Plan     78
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     81
Final Thoughts     81
Key Concepts     82
Discussion Questions     82
Class Activities     82
Suggested Reading     83
Expansion of a High school Science Program     85
Learning Objectives     85
The Evaluators     85
The Program     86
The Evaluation Plan     86
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     89
Final Thoughts     90
Key Concepts     90
Discussion Questions     90
Class Activities     91
Suggested Reading     91
Evaluation of a Proven Practice for Reading Achievement     93
Learning Objectives     93
The Evaluators     94
The Program     94
The Evaluation Plan     95
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     95
Final Thoughts     97
Key Concepts     97
Discussion Questions     97
Class Activities     98
Suggested Reading     98
Project Plan for Evaluation of a Statewide After-School Initiative     99
Learning Objectives     99
The Evaluators     100
The Program     100
The Initial Challenge      102
The Evaluation Plan     105
Final Thoughts     106
Key Concepts     106
Discussion Questions     106
Class Activities     107
Suggested Reading     107
Evaluation of a Training Program in Mathematics for Teachers     109
Learning Objectives     109
The Evaluators     109
The Program     110
The Evaluation Plan     111
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     113
Final Thoughts     000
Key Concepts     117
Discussion Questions     117
Class Activities     118
Suggested Reading     118
Evaluators-in-Training: Issues of Confidentiality     119
Learning Objectives     119
The Evaluators     119
The Program     120
The Evaluation Plan     122
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     127
Final Thoughts     127
Key Concepts     127
Discussion Questions     127
Class Activities     128
Suggested Reading     129
Evaluation of a School Improvement Grant to Increase Parent Involvement      131
Learning Objectives     131
The Evaluators     132
The Program     132
The Evaluation Plan     132
Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings     136
Final Thoughts     137
Key Concepts     137
Discussion Questions     137
Class Activities     138
Suggested Reading     138
References     139
Index     141
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