The ABCs of Evaluation: Timeless Techniques for Program and Project Managers / Edition 2

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The second edition of the bestselling The ABCs of Evaluation offers a thoroughly revised and updated version of that classic book. Written for any program type or setting, The ABCs of Evaluation shows how to select participants for the evaluation and how to deal with multiple goals and objectives-including those of the organization, the staff, and the client. The authors describe different evaluation models, illustrate the circumstances under which each model can be used, and offer tips on identifying data sources and collecting the data itself. This new edition is filled with illustrative new cases and scenarios from various evaluation realms in the social sciences, education, and human services. The book also contains information on how to negotiate the evaluation contract. Throughout the book there are charts, graphs, models, and lists to help organize, extend, and facilitate the understanding of each evaluation concept.
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A guide to concepts and methods of evaluation. Explains each component of evaluation design, first detailing principles and theories, then showing how to apply them in real-life situations. Shows how to select participants for the evaluation and how to deal with multiple goals and objectives, including those of the organization, the staff, and the client. Describes different evaluation models, and gives tips on identifying data sources and collecting data. Includes a sample report. Boulmetis teaches adult education at the University of Rhode Island. Dutwin is president of a training and development firm and author of eight books used in the adult education and training field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787979027
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/2005
  • Series: Research Methods for the Social Sciences Series, #2
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

John Boulmetis is a professor in the School of Education (SOE),director of graduate studies for the SOE, co-director of theURI/RIC PhD Program, and coordinator of the graduate program inAdult Education at the University of Rhode Island.

Phyllis Dutwin is president of Dutwin Associates, a training anddevelopment firm, and former vice president of Reading andEducational Services of New Jersey, and is the author of more thana dozen books used by adults individually and in adult educationclassrooms.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
The Authors xv
1 What Is Evaluation? 1
2 Why Evaluate? 22
3 Decision Making: Whom to Involve, How, and Why 36
4 Starting Point: The Evaluator's Program Description 57
5 Choosing an Evaluation Model 80
6 Data Sources 98
7 Data Analysis 119
8 Is It Evaluation or Is It Research? 136
9 Writing the Evaluation Report 151
10 Evaluation as a Business 167
Appendix A More on Data Analysis 187
Appendix B Sample Evaluation Report 197
Appendix C Sample Evaluation Contract 225
References 231
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Program evaluation made easier

    You can't avoid evaluations. Whether you're in education, business or nonprofit management, your supervisor will eventually order an evaluation to determine the viability of your program. Many people find evaluations unpleasant and intimidating, but, as John Boulmetis and Phyllis Dutwin show, they don't have to be. The authors demystify the process by carefully explaining its principles, philosophy and techniques. End-of-chapter exercises and numerous examples make evaluation and analysis accessible to any business reader. Appendices provide a tutorial on data analysis, and samples of a final report and an evaluation contract. We recommend this book to professionals who have little experience with evaluation, although even seasoned veterans will find the material useful.

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