The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

by Joseph S. Wholey
     
 

More than ever before, the media, elected officials, and the public are demanding accountability from public and nonprofit organizations. But assessing the effectiveness of programs and services can be a time-consuming and costly process. In this comprehensive handbook, experts in the field of program evaluation outline efficient and economical methods of assessing

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More than ever before, the media, elected officials, and the public are demanding accountability from public and nonprofit organizations. But assessing the effectiveness of programs and services can be a time-consuming and costly process. In this comprehensive handbook, experts in the field of program evaluation outline efficient and economical methods of assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance.Written for managers, administrators, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions, the authors of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation demystify and simplify the process of assessing program results. The authors describe the nuts and bolts of how to create an evaluation design and how to collect and analyze data in a way that will result in low cost and successful evaluations. For programs that require more complex evaluations, they offer instructions on advanced assessment techniques. The book explores the many approaches to program evaluation, including process evaluations, continuous monitoring of program performance, and ad hoc studies of past and present programs.This vital information can be used to aid in the decision-making process on budget alternatives, developing new legislative proposals, improving the performance of public and nonprofit organizations, and enhancing the overall management of public funds.

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"I am better in my job because I read the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, and without question, the analysts I supervise would benefit from reading this handbook." (John A. Mahone, Virginia Department of Planning and Budget)
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A comprehensive handbook for managers, administrators, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions. Experts in the field of program evaluation outline methods of assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance. The authors explain how to create an evaluation design and how to collect and analyze data in a way that will result in low-cost and successful evaluations. Among the approaches to program evaluation explored are process evaluations, continuous monitoring of program performance, and ad hoc studies of past and present programs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555426576
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Public Administration Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
7.29(w) x 10.26(h) x 1.37(d)

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