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The most comprehensive text on the market, Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines, Third Edition provides an overview of a wide variety of approaches to evaluation and extensive practical guidelines for carrying out evaluation studies successfully. This text helps both students and professionals who are new to evaluation to understand how the field has evolved, what different approaches an evaluator can take in conducting evaluations, and how to plan and conduct an evaluation. The text makes extensive use of checklists, examples, and a comprehensive case study. Finally, throughout the book, students are introduced to current trends and controversial issues in evaluation and ways to conduct evaluations in an ethical and professional manner.
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"This is a landmark text and it remains the definitive classic for training new evaluators. The authors have truly made an important contribution to the field...Nothing comes close to this text in terms of coverage, balance of theory and practicality, and usefulness in the field of evaluation." - Gary J. Skolits, University of Tennessee

"This is a great textbook. It is simply the most readable, most comprehensive introduction to program evaluation." - Ted Miller, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321077066
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 541
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to Evaluation 1
1 Evaluation's Basic Purpose, Uses, and Conceptual Distinctions 3
2 Origins and Current Trends in Modern Program Evaluation 30
Pt. 2 Alternative Approaches to Program Evaluation 53
3 Alternative Views of Evaluation 57
4 Objectives-Oriented Evaluation Approaches 71
5 Management-Oriented Evaluation Approaches 88
6 Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Approaches 100
7 Expertise-Oriented Evaluation Approaches 112
8 Participant-Oriented Evaluation Approaches 129
9 Alternative Evaluation Approaches: A Summary and Comparative Analysis 152
Pt. 3 Practical Guidelines for Planning Evaluations 169
Introduction of Case Study 170
10 Clarifying the Evaluation Request and Responsibilities 173
11 Setting Boundaries and Analyzing the Evaluation Context 199
12 Identifying and Selecting the Evaluation Questions and Criteria 232
13 Planning How to Conduct the Evaluation 260
Pt. 4 Practical Guidelines for Conducting and Using Evaluations 301
14 Collecting Evaluation Information: Design, Sampling, and Cost Choices 303
15 Collecting Evaluation Information: Data Sources and Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation 334
16 Reporting and Using Evaluation Information 375
17 Dealing with Political, Ethical, and Interpersonal Aspects of Evaluation 411
18 Evaluating Evaluations 442
Pt. 5 Emerging and Future Settings for Program Evaluation 461
19 Conducting Multiple-Site Evaluation Studies 463
20 Conducting Evaluation of Organizations' Renewal and Training in Corporate and Nonprofit Settings 485
21 The Future of Evaluation 507
App.: Evaluation-Related Web Sites 515
References 519
Author Index 543
Subject Index 551
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