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

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

by Dean T. Spaulding
     
 

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An updated guide to the core concepts of program evaluation

This updated edition of Program Evaluation in Practice covers the core concepts of program evaluation and uses case studies to touch on real-world issues that arise when conducting an evaluation project. This important resource is filled with illustrative examples written in accessible

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An updated guide to the core concepts of program evaluation

This updated edition of Program Evaluation in Practice covers the core concepts of program evaluation and uses case studies to touch on real-world issues that arise when conducting an evaluation project. This important resource is filled with illustrative examples written in accessible terms and provides a wide variety of evaluation projects that can be used for discussion, analysis, and reflection. The book addresses foundations and theories of evaluation, tools and methods for collecting data, writing of reports, and the sharing of findings. The discussion questions and class activities at the end of each chapter are designed to help process the information in that chapter and to integrate the information from the other chapters, thus facilitating the learning process. As useful for students as it is for evaluators in training, Program Evaluation in Practice is a must-have text for those aspiring to be effective evaluators.

  • Includes expanded discussion of basic theories and approaches to program evaluation
  • Features a new chapter on objective-based evaluation and a new section on ethics in program evaluation
  • Provides more detailed information and in-depth description for each case, including evaluation approaches, fresh references, new readings, and the new Joint Committee Standards for Evaluation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118345825
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/23/2013
Series:
Research Methods for the Social Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
642,042
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

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"Structurally, Spaulding's text is a smashing success. The presentation and organization of the content, which is a basic introduction to the foundations of program evaluation and the stand-alone case studies, provide optimum opportunities to support authentic learning about a diverse set of topics central to the practice of program evaluation. Spaulding developed "frameworks" to guide each case study. Consistent across cases, the framework includes information about the evaluator, the program, the evaluation plan, the summary of evaluation activities and findings, and the final thoughts. This technique provides both instructors and students the necessary scaffolding to build on students' prior knowledge to develop a fund of knowledge specific to the practice of program evaluation.

"As a junior faculty member responsible for teaching evaluation courses, I would have no way of personally accumulating the number and diversity of program evaluation examples to be used in my course of the caliber contained in this text. Moreover, as program evaluation courses increasingly become core curricula in diverse graduate programs around the world this is no trivial contribution made by Spaulding." – American Journal of Evaluation, September 2009

Meet the Author

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. He is also a coauthor of Methods in Educational Research: From Theory to Practice from Jossey-Bass.

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