Utilization-Focused Evaluation / Edition 4

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Overview

The Fourth Edition of the bestselling Utilization-Focused Evaluation provides expert, detailed advice on conducting program evaluations from one of leading experts. Chock full of useful pedagogy—including a unique utilization-focused evaluation checklist—this book presents Michael Quinn Patton’s distinctive opinions based on more than thirty years of experience.

Key Features of the Fourth Edition

  • Provides thoroughly updated materials including more international content; new references; new exhibits and sidebars; and new examples, stories, and cartoons
  • Includes follow-up exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Features a utilization-focused evaluation checklist
  • Gives greater emphasis on mixed methods
  • Analyzes the pluses and minuses of the increased emphasis on accountability and performance measurement in government at all levels
  • Details the explosion of international evaluation

Intended Audience

Both theoretical and practical, this core text is an essential resource for students enrolled in Program Evaluation courses in a variety of disciplines—including public administration, government, social sciences, education, and management. Practitioners will also find this text invaluable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412958615
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/18/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 492,978
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Quinn Patton is an independent consultant with more than 40 years’ experience conducting applied research and program evaluations. He lives in Minnesota, where, according to the state’s poet laureate, Garrison Keillor, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” It was this interesting lack of statistical variation in Minnesota that led him to qualitative inquiry despite the strong quantitative orientation of his doctoral studies in sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 18 years, including 5 years as director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research, where he was awarded the Morse-Amoco Award for innovative teaching. Readers of this book will not be surprised to learn that he has also won the University of Minnesota storytelling competition.

He has authored six other SAGE books: Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Creative Evaluation, Practical Evaluation, How to Use Qualitative Methods for Evaluation, Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, and Family Sexual Abuse: Frontline Research and Evaluation. He has edited or contributed articles to numerous books and journals, including several volumes of New Directions in Program Evaluation, on subjects as diverse as culture and evaluation, how and why language matters, HIV/AIDS research and evaluation systems, extension methods, feminist evaluation, teaching using the case method, evaluating strategy, utilization of evaluation, and valuing. He is the author of Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use and coauthor of Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed, a book that applies complexity science to social innovation. His creative nonfiction book, Grand Canyon Celebration: A Father–Son Journey of Discovery, was a finalist for Minnesota Book of the Year.

He is a former president of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Contributions to Useful and Practical Evaluation and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Lifelong Contributions to Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association. The Society for Applied Sociology presented him the Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology.

He is on the faculty of The Evaluators’ Institute and teaches workshops for the American Evaluation Association’s professional development courses and Claremont University’s Summer Institute. He is a founding trainer for the International Program for Development Evaluation Training, sponsored by The World Bank and other international development agencies each summer in Ottawa, Ohio.

He has conducted applied research and evaluation on a broad range of issues, including antipoverty initiatives, leadership development, education at all levels, human services, the environment, public health, medical education, employment training, agricultural extension, arts, criminal justice, mental health, transportation, diversity initiatives, international development, community development, systems change, policy effectiveness, managing for results, performance indicators, and effective governance. He has worked with organizations and programs at the international, national, state, provincial, and local levels and with philanthropic, not-for-profit, private sector, international agency, and government programs. He has worked with people from many different cultures and perspectives.

He has three children—a musician, an engineer, and a nonprofit organization development and evaluation specialist—and one granddaughter. When not evaluating, he enjoys exploring the woods and rivers of Minnesota with his partner, Jean—kayaking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing—and occasionally hiking in the Grand Canyon. He enjoys watching the seasons change from his office overlooking the Mississippi River in Saint

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Table of Contents

PART I. TOWARD MORE USEFUL EVALUATIONS
1. Evaluation Use: Both Challenge and Mandate
2. What Is Utilization-Focused Evaluation? How Do You Get Started?
3. Fostering Intended Use by Intended Users: The Personal Factor
4. Intended Uses of Findings
5. Intended Process Uses: Impacts of Evaluative Thinking and Experiences
PART II. FOCUSING EVALUATIONS: CHOICES, OPTIONS, AND DECISIONS
6. Situational Evaluation: Being Active-Reactive-Interactive-Adaptive
7. Focusing on Outcomes: Beyond the Goals Clarification Game
8. Evaluation Focus Options: Developmental Evaluation and Other Alternatives
9. Implementation Evaluation: What Happened in the Program?
10. Conceptualizing the Intervention: Alternatives for Evaluating Theories of Change
PART III. APPROPRIATE METHODS
11. Evaluations Worth Using: Utilization-Focused Methods Decisions
12. The Paradigms Debate and a Utilization-Focused Synthesis
13. The Meanings and Reporting of Evaluation Findings: Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment, and Recommendations
PART IV. REALITIES AND PRACTICALITIES OF UTILIZATION-FOCUSED EVALUATION
14. Power, Politics, and Ethics
15. Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Processes and Premises
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