Because site visits are used so extensively in evaluation and because the consequences of poorly planned and conducted site visits are dire for so many evaluation constituents, it is essential to get it right. This issue discusses and defines site visits and what it means to get it right in planning, conducting, and using site visits in program evaluation.
This is the 156th issue in the New Directions for Evaluation series from Jossey-Bass. It is an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
About the Author
Volume Editors: Randi K. Nelson is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and the founder of Partners in Evaluation LLC, an independent evaluation and training consulting firm. Denise L. Roseland is the founder/CEO of ChangeMaker Consulting, an independent consulting firm that works with nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and foundations. Series Editors: Leslie A. Fierro, Claremont Graduate University Todd M. Franke, University of California Los Angeles
Table of Contents
Editors' Notes Randi K. Nelson Denise L. Roseland 7
1 A Guiding Typology for Site Visits Melissa Chapman Haynes Nora F. Murphy Michael Quinn Patton 11
2 Site Visits: Conversations for Practice Corey Newhouse Denise Roseland Frances Lawrenz 21
3 Recipe for Conducting Quality Accreditation Site Visits Stanley Capela Joseph M. Frisino 33
4 Site Visits: Necessary Evil or Garden of Eden? Donna R. Podems 45
5 Stakeholder Perspectives on Site-Visit Quality and Use Randi K. Nelson 57
6 Training Needs of Site Visitors Melissa Chapman Haynes Ashley Johnson 75
7 Revised Site-Visit Standards: A Quality-Assurance Framework Michael Quinn Pattern 83