ISBN-10:
0761902333
ISBN-13:
2900761902330
Pub. Date:
10/28/2004
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Practical Program Evaluation: Assessing and Improving Planning, Implementation, and Effectiveness / Edition 1

Practical Program Evaluation: Assessing and Improving Planning, Implementation, and Effectiveness / Edition 1

by Huey-tsyh Chen
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    ISBN-13: 2900761902330
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Publication date: 10/28/2004
    Edition description: Older Edition
    Pages: 304
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

     Huey-Tsyh Chen has been a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2002.  He was born and raised in Taiwan.  Dr. Chen worked at the University of Akron until 1997, when he joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the chief of an evaluation branch. Dr. Chen had taken a leadership role in designing and implementing a national evaluation system for assessing the CDC funded HIV prevention programs, which are based in health departments and community organizations.  Dr. Chen has contributed to the development of evaluation theory and methodology, especially in the areas of program theory and theory-driven evaluations. His book, Theory-Driven Evaluations, has been recognized as one of the landmarks in program evaluation.  In 1998 he received the Senior Biomedical Research Service Award from the CDC. He is also the 1993 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for contributions to Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association.

    Table of Contents

    Prefaceix
    Overview of the Bookxi
    Part IIntroduction1
    1Fundamentals for Practicing Program Evaluation3
    The Nature and Characteristics of Programs3
    The Nature and Characteristics of Effective Evaluation6
    The Universalist View of the Practice of Evaluation (and Its Limitations)10
    The Contingency View and the Program Theory Perspective11
    Audiences and Uses of This Book13
    2A Conceptual Framework of Program Theory for Practitioners15
    The Program Theory Conceptual Framework16
    Components of the Change Model20
    Components of the Action Model23
    Relationships Among Components of the Conceptual Framework of Program Theory29
    Applied Program Theory: An Example32
    Relationships Between "Program Theory" and "Logic Model"34
    Some Advantages of Using the Program Theory Conceptual Framework36
    Scientific Theory Versus Stakeholder-Implicit Theory as a Basis for Programs38
    Applications of the Framework Presented in the Book42
    3A Practical Evaluation Taxonomy: Selecting the Evaluation Approach That Works45
    The Art of Fishing? The Art of Program Evaluation?45
    The Evaluation Taxonomy as a Source for the Art Aspect of Program Evaluation47
    A Practical Taxonomy of Program Evaluation Means and Ends49
    Steps to Take in Applying the Practical Taxonomy58
    Evaluation Ranging Across Several Program Stages61
    Helping Stakeholders Gear Up (or Clear Up) Their Program Theory63
    Details of the Work: Designing an Evaluation68
    Dynamics of Evaluation Entries Into Program Stages and How to Apply This Book to Conducting Evaluation68
    Part IIProgram Evaluation to Help Stakeholders Plan Intervention Programs71
    4Assisting Stakeholders as They Formulate Program Rationales73
    The Concept of a Program Rationale and Its Purposes73
    Strategies for Articulating Program Rationales76
    Background Information Provision Strategy and Approaches76
    The Conceptualization Facilitation Approach-A Part of the Development Facilitation Strategy79
    The Relevancy Testing Approach-A Part of the Troubleshooting Strategy88
    5How Evaluators Assist Stakeholders in Developing Program Plans93
    The Action Model Framework and the Program Plan93
    Strategies for Developing Program Plans96
    The Formative Research Approach, Under Background Information Provision Strategy97
    The Conceptualization Facilitation Approach, Under Development Facilitation Strategy98
    Application of the Conceptualization Facilitation Strategy111
    The Pilot-Testing Approach119
    The Commentary or Advisory Approach125
    Summary127
    Part IIIEvaluating Implementation129
    6Development-Oriented Evaluation Tailored for the Initial Implementation131
    The Formative Evaluation Approach, Under the Troubleshooting Strategy132
    The Program Review/Development Meeting, Under the Troubleshooting Strategy144
    Bilateral Empowerment Evaluation, Under the Development Partnership Strategy150
    7Assessing Implementation in the Mature Implementation Stage155
    Development-Oriented and Assessment-Oriented Approaches155
    Application of Development-Oriented Process Evaluation in the Mature Implementation Stage156
    Assessment-Oriented Process Evaluation159
    Issues in Applying Assessment-Oriented Process Evaluation in the Mature Implementation Stage161
    The Fidelity Evaluation Approach, Under the Performance Assessment Strategy165
    Enlightenment Assessment Strategy and Theory-Driven Process Evaluation173
    Part IVProgram Monitoring and Outcome Evaluation179
    8Monitoring the Progress of a Program181
    What Is Program Monitoring?181
    Process Monitoring182
    Outcome Monitoring184
    Program Monitoring Systems Within Organizations189
    9Evaluating Outcomes: Efficacy Evaluation Versus Effectiveness Evaluation195
    Guidelines for Conducting Outcome Evaluation195
    Evaluability Assessment, Under the Development Facilitation Strategy197
    Nonlinear Transitions Between Program Stages199
    Efficacy Evaluation or Effectiveness Evaluation?199
    Efficacy Evaluation's Conceptual Framework and Methodology201
    Effectiveness Evaluation in the Current State of the Art205
    Reconsidering the Efficacy-to-Effectiveness Paradigm206
    Effectiveness Evaluation Adopts Efficacy Evaluation Methodology and Its Limitations209
    The Conceptual Framework of Effectiveness Evaluation212
    Designing and Conducting Effectiveness Evaluation214
    Addressing Differential Implementation of Interventions225
    Anticipating Intrusions and Preparing for Problems227
    Beyond the Basic Effectiveness and Efficacy Evaluations227
    10Theory-Driven Outcome Evaluation231
    A Reply to Criticisms of Theory-Driven Outcome Evaluation233
    Issues on the Difficulty of Clarifying Stakeholders' Implicit Theory235
    Issues on Program Theory Consensus Among Stakeholders238
    Guidelines for Conducting Theory-Driven Outcome Evaluation238
    Types of Theory-Driven Outcome Evaluation240
    The Intervening Mechanism Evaluation Approach241
    The Moderating Mechanism Evaluation Approach250
    The Integrative Process/Outcome Evaluation Approach256
    Theory-Driven Outcome Evaluation and Unintended Effects262
    11Looking Forward267
    Evaluators' Plural Roles268
    Politics of Program Evaluation269
    Evaluation Practitioners' Contributions to the Development of Evaluation Theories and Methodology269
    Narrowing the Gaps Between Academic and Practical Communities270
    References273
    Index281
    About the Author292

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