Program Evaluation in Practice

Core Concepts and Examples for Discussion and Analysis

Author: Dean T. Spaulding

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118450205

Category: Education

Page: 300

View: 5189

An updated guide to the core concepts of program evaluation This updated edition of Program Evaluation in Practice covers the core concepts of program evaluation and uses case studies to touch on real-world issues that arise when conducting an evaluation project. This important resource is filled with illustrative examples written in accessible terms and provides a wide variety of evaluation projects that can be used for discussion, analysis, and reflection. The book addresses foundations and theories of evaluation, tools and methods for collecting data, writing of reports, and the sharing of findings. The discussion questions and class activities at the end of each chapter are designed to help process the information in that chapter and to integrate the information from the other chapters, thus facilitating the learning process. As useful for students as it is for evaluators in training, Program Evaluation in Practice is a must-have text for those aspiring to be effective evaluators. Includes expanded discussion of basic theories and approaches to program evaluation Features a new chapter on objective-based evaluation and a new section on ethics in program evaluation Provides more detailed information and in-depth description for each case, including evaluation approaches, fresh references, new readings, and the new Joint Committee Standards for Evaluation
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Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Huey T. Chen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412992303

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

View: 7880

Within his discussion of the various evaluation types, Huey T. Chen details a range of evaluation approaches suitable for use across a program's life cycle. At the core of program evaluation is its body of concepts, theories, and methods. This revised edition provides an overview of these, and includes expanded coverage of both introductory and more cutting-edge techniques within six new chapters. Illustrated throughout with real-world examples that bring the material to life, the Second Edition provides many new tools to enrich the evaluator's toolbox. New to this edition: A new comprehensive evaluation typology in Chapter 2 helps readers systematically identify stakeholders' needs and select the evaluation options best suited to those needs. A new Part V, Advanced Issues in Program Evaluation, includes three new chapters that help readers understand challenging issues and innovative approaches, and enhance their competencies in applying them. Coverage of cutting-edge evaluation perspectives and approaches, including the Action Model/Change Model Schema, helps readers think "outside the box." New chapters introduce the innovative holistic effectuality approach as an alternative to the traditional experimentation evaluation approach for conducting real-world outcome evaluation and expand the scope of evaluation from effectuality to viability and transferability. A new Chapter 14 explores the relative strengths and limitations of formal theories versus stakeholder theories. A new Chapter 15 compares two approaches to evaluation and dissemination: the top-down approach versus the bottom-up approach. The more complex evaluation theories presented in later chapters are presented in accessible language and illustrated with interesting real-world examples.
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Organization and Administration of Adult Education Programs

A Guide for Practitioners

Author: Steven W. Schmidt,Susan M. Yelich Biniecki

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1681236370

Category: Education

Page: 275

View: 5058

Administrators of adult education programs work in dynamic and everchanging environments. They are continually challenged with a myriad of issues related to program budgeting, marketing, strategic planning, funding, human resources, and other topics. With decades of real world experience in the field, Steven Schmidt and Susan Yelich Biniecki have developed a practical guide for those who are involved in the organization and administration of educational programs for adults. Whether you work in the human resource department of a corporation, a grassroots community organization, a higher education unit, a consulting company, or any other type of organization that provides adult education, this book is for you. In a nononsense approach, Organization and Administration of Adult Education Programs: A Guide for Practitioners “talks” to you as an administrator about topics that are important to you. Guidelines, processes, and procedures discussed in the book can help to make you a more effective practitioner. Scenarios, role plays, and activities are also included for classroom use and personal reflection.
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Research for Advanced Practice Nurses

From Evidence to Practice

Author: Magdalena A Mateo, PhD, RN, FAAN,Dr. Karin T Kirchhoff, PhD, RN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826122087

Category: Medical

Page: 504

View: 4263

Designated a Doody's Core Title! "This book should provide graduate nursing students with the knowledge to evaluate research evidence and use it in practice. With the increasing focus on EBP, this book should serve as a useful resource." Score: 100, 5 stars --Doody's Achieve competency in evidence-based practice now! This book provides practical ways for nurses to develop competency in evidence-based practice (EBP) by effectively using and appraising clinical studies. In this single, introductory volume, Mateo and Kirchoff present everything that advanced practice nurses and graduate students need to know to translate clinical research into practice. With this book, readers will learn the essential methods that are used to achieve EBP, such as how to find and evaluate research articles, design questionnaires and data collection forms, analyze quantitative data, and much more. Key features: Includes guidelines on how to evaluate the strengths and failures of research articles Presents data collection methods for physiological and psychosocial data Explains how to evaluate the ethical aspects of a study Provides guidelines on how to present and publish research findings Contains appendices with examples of evidence-based practice activities and protocols as well as a resource list of relevant websites By knowing how to appraise the available evidence and its implications for clinical care, readers will learn to seamlessly translate evidence into practice.
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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Author: James C. McDavid,Irene Huse,Laura R. L. Hawthorn,Laura R. L. Ingleson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412978319

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 534

View: 7888

Rev. ed. of: Program evaluation & performance measurement: an introduction to practice. c2006.
Posted in Business & Economics

Research for Advanced Practice Nurses, Third Edition

From Evidence to Practice

Author: Dr. Marcia P. Murphy, DNP, APRN, FAHA, FPNA,Dr. Beth A. Staffileno, PhD, FAHA,Dr. Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826118399

Category: Medical

Page: 416

View: 1681

The third edition of this award-winning text delivers a full treasury of tools graduate nursing students and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) need to translate clinical research into practice. In the current healthcare landscape, APRNs are challenged to provide patient-centered care that is effective, safe, efficient, equitable and evidenced-based. Building knowledge and skills in Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP) is imperative to successfully meet this challenge and improve patient outcomes. The third edition describes essential ways to implement EBP in clinical practice, including how to search for and evaluate various forms of evidence, design questionnaires and data collection forms, and how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data. With guidelines for evaluating research articles and a variety of EBP activities and protocols, chapters show how to integrate EBP into multiple clinical settings suitable for all APRN areas of practice. Using step-by-step instruction, chapters walk through finding relevant evidence, appraising evidence, and translating evidence into practice to improve patient care and outcomes. The authors continue the great work of Magdalena Mateo, who created the original work upon which this is based. New to the Third Edition: Updates content from the second edition Expands information about practice scholarship Provides new strategies for program evaluation Describes Frameworks for implementation science and EBP Offers practical steps and tools for seeking, appraising, and applying evidence into practice Key Features: Integrates EBP concepts related to patient care throughout Identifies the requisite knowledge and skills for practice scholarship Describes practical strategies and tools for seeking, appraising and applying evidence into practice Integrates clinically relevant examples that highlight the application of evidence into practice to improve outcomes
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The Practice of Health Program Evaluation

Author: David Grembowski

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761918479

Category: Medical

Page: 323

View: 532

As more and more money is spent developing programs and services to solve health problems, how can one know if a specific health program works or what it would take to improve it? Aimed at addressing this issue, The Practice of Health Program Evaluation provides readers with the methods to evaluate health programs and the expertise to navigate the political terrain so as to work more effectively with decision makers and other groups. To convey these principles, Grembowski uses the metaphor of evaluation being a three-act play with a variety of actors and interest groups, each having a role that involves entering and exiting the "stage" at different points in the evaluation process.
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Public Administration Research Methods

Tools for Evaluation and Evidence-Based Practice

Author: Warren S. Eller,Brian J. Gerber,Scott E. Robinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351672010

Category: Political Science

Page: 534

View: 3878

The best decisions made by public managers are based not on instinct, but on an informed understanding of what’s happening on the ground. Policy may be directed by ideology, but it must also be founded on reality. The challenge of making the right decisions as a public manager is often, therefore, based on the need for rigorous, actionable research. Now in a thoughtfully revised second edition, this textbook shows students of Public Administration exactly how to use both qualitative and quantitative research techniques to give them the best chance to make the right decisions. Uniquely, Eller, Gerber, and Robinson present research methodologies through a series of real-life case studies, with each chapter exploring situations where a public manager can use research to answer specific questions, demonstrating how that research can inform future policy. Taking readers through the key concepts, from research design and sampling to interviews, survey data, and more statistical-based approaches, this new edition provides a complete guide to using research in the public and voluntary sectors. New to this edition: To better orient the student, the second edition is thematically arranged. Five sections, each with a short essay, provide not only previews of the content of each section, but more importantly guide the reader through how the concepts and techniques covered relate to real-world use and application. A new chapter on applied quantitative analyses has been added to offer coverage of several commonly-used and valuable analytic techniques for decision making for policy and management: benefit-cost analysis, risk assessment, and forecasting. The second edition is accompanied by online materials containing suggested course plans and sample syllabi, PowerPoint lecture slides, and student support materials to illustrate the application of key concepts and analytic techniques. Each chapter also includes discussion questions, class exercises, end of chapter review questions, and key vocabulary to provide students with a range of further tools to apply research principles to practical situations.
Posted in Political Science

Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods

Integrating Theory and Practice

Author: Michael Quinn Patton

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483314812

Category: Social Science

Page: 832

View: 3524

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience conducting applied social science research and program evaluation, author Michael Quinn Patton has crafted the most comprehensive and systematic book on qualitative research and evaluation methods, inquiry frameworks, and analysis options available today. Now offering more balance between applied research and evaluation, this Fourth Edition of Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods illuminates all aspects of qualitative inquiry through new examples, stories, and cartoons; more than a hundred new summarizing and synthesizing exhibits; and a wide range of new highlight sections/sidebars that elaborate on important and emergent issues. For the first time, full case studies are included to illustrate extended research and evaluation examples. In addition, each chapter features an extended "rumination," written in a voice and style more emphatic and engaging than traditional textbook style, about a core issue of persistent debate and controversy.
Posted in Social Science

Program Evaluation Theory and Practice

A Comprehensive Guide

Author: Donna M. Mertens,Amy T. Wilson

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1462503241

Category: Social Science

Page: 621

View: 4212

This engaging text takes an evenhanded approach to major theoretical paradigms in evaluation and builds a bridge from them to evaluation practice. Featuring helpful checklists, procedural steps, provocative questions that invite readers to explore their own theoretical assumptions, and practical exercises, the book provides concrete guidance for conducting large- and small-scale evaluations. Numerous sample studies—many with reflective commentary from the evaluators—reveal the process through which an evaluator incorporates a paradigm into an actual research project. The book shows how theory informs methodological choices (the specifics of planning, implementing, and using evaluations). It offers balanced coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Useful pedagogical features include: *Examples of large- and small-scale evaluations from multiple disciplines. *Beginning-of-chapter reflection questions that set the stage for the material covered. *"Extending your thinking" questions and practical activities that help readers apply particular theoretical paradigms in their own evaluation projects. *Relevant Web links, including pathways to more details about sampling, data collection, and analysis. *Boxes offering a closer look at key evaluation concepts and additional studies. *Checklists for readers to determine if they have followed recommended practice. *A companion website with resources for further learning.
Posted in Social Science

Research in Practice

Applied Methods for the Social Sciences

Author: Martin Terre Blanche,Kevin Durrheim,Desmond Painter

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919713694

Category: Social Science

Page: 594

View: 697

A major shift in research methodology from technical to more contextual and pragmatic approaches, this thorough resource incorporates new trends while also providing comprehensive coverage of the full range of established research approaches and techniques, skillfully combining epistemology, methodology, statistics, and application in a volume that is both sophisticated and practical. Placing a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary and applied research skills, this guide encourages the concurrent use of qualitative and quantitative methods and explores such complex topics as ethical issues in social science research; inferential statistical methods; and Marxist, feminist, and black scholarship perspectives.
Posted in Social Science

Methods in Educational Research

From Theory to Practice

Author: Marguerite G. Lodico,Dean T. Spaulding,Katherine H. Voegtle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780787985950

Category: Education

Page: 368

View: 3896

Written for students, educators, and researchers, Methods in Educational Research offers a refreshing introduction to the principles of educational research. Designed for the real world of educational research, the book’s approach focuses on the types of problems likely to be encountered in professional experiences. Reflecting the importance of The No Child Left Behind Act , “scientifically based” educational research, school accountability, and the professional demands of the twenty-first century, Methods in Educational Research empowers educational researchers to take an active role in conducting research in their classrooms, districts, and the greater educational community—activities that are now not only expected but required of all teachers.
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Evaluation in Social Work

The Art and Science of Practice

Author: Yvonne A. Unrau,Peter A. Gabor,Richard M. Grinnell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195308069

Category: Social Science

Page: 468

View: 3104

This book was written for you-a graduate social work student-as an introduction to program evaluation. We selected and arranged its contents so it can be used in a beginning one-semester social work program evaluation course, a social work administrative course, or a program planning course. It is designed to prepare you to: Participate in evaluative activities within your social service organization, Become a beginning critical producer of the professional evaluative literature, Become a beginning consumer of the professional evaluative literature, Master more advanced evaluation courses and texts.
Posted in Social Science

Research Methods in Health Promotion

Author: Richard A. Crosby,Ralph J. DiClemente,Laura F. Salazar

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118046739

Category: Medical

Page: 472

View: 4656

Research Methods in Health Promotion provides students (advanced undergraduate and graduate students) and practitioners with basic knowledge and skills regarding the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of research in the field of health promotion. Taking the perspective that research involves a predetermined series of well-defined steps, the book presents these steps in a sequential format.
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Key Concepts in Social Research

Author: Geoff Payne,Judy Payne

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446233898

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 5938

`This clearly written and user-friendly book is ideal for students or researchers who wish to get a basic, but solid grasp of a topic and see how it fits with other topics. By following the links a student can easily and efficiently build up a clear conceptual map of social research' - Malcolm Williams, Reader in Sociology, Cardiff University `This is a really useful book, written in an accessible manner for students beginning their study of social research methods. It is helpful both as an introductory text and as a reference guide for more advanced students. Most of the key topics in methods and methodology are covered and it will be suitable as a recommended text on a wide variety of courses' - Clive Seale, Brunel University At last, an authoritative, crystal-clear introduction to research methods which really takes account of the needs of students for accessible, focused information to help with undergraduate essays and exams. The key concepts discussed here are based on a review of teaching syllabi and the authors' experience of many years of teaching. Topics range over qualitative and quantitative approaches and combine practical considerations with philosophical issues. They include several new topics, like internet and phone polling, internet searches, and visual methods. Each section is free-standing, can be tackled in order, but with links to other sections to enable students to cross-reference and build up a wider understanding of central research methods. To facilitate comprehension and aid study, each section begins with a definition. It is followed by a summary of key points with key words and guides to further reading and up-to-date examples. The book is a major addition to undergraduate reading lists. It is reliable, allows for easy transference to essays and exams and easy to use, and exceptionally clearly written for student consumption. The book answers the needs of all those who find research methods daunting, and for those who have dreamt of an ideal introduction to the subject.
Posted in Social Science

Mixed Methods for Policy Research and Program Evaluation

Author: Patricia Burch,Carolyn J. Heinrich

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483324508

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 1628

Mixed Methods for Policy Research and Program Evaluation by Patricia Burch and Carolyn J. Heinrich equips students, researchers, and policymakers in the social sciences with the tools they need for applying mixed methods in policy research and program evaluation, from design, through data collection, and dissemination. Emphasizing the “how-to”—the set of conceptual and active tasks carried out by mixed methods researchers—the book is illustrated with rich case studies from the authors’ own research projects in education and public policy. These examples help readers identify and explain policy and program impacts and better understand the “why” and “how” of observed effects. Throughout the book, the authors describe challenges that both beginners and advanced scholars are likely to encounter when doing mixed methods research and recommend practical tools available to address them.
Posted in Social Science

Case Study Research

Design and Methods

Author: Robert K. Yin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412960991

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

View: 1988

Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fourth Edition of Robert K. Yin’s bestselling text Case Study Research offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool. This thoroughly revised text now covers more than 50 case studies (approximately 25% new), gives fresh attention to quantitative analyses, discusses more fully the use of mixed methods research designs, and includes new methodological insights. The book’s coverage of case study research and how it is applied in practice gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields. Key Features of the Fourth Edition Highlights each specific research feature through 44 boxed vignettes that feature previously published case studies Provides methodological insights to show the similarities between case studies and other social science methods Suggests a three-stage approach to help readers define the initial questions they will consider in their own case study research Covers new material on human subjects protection, the role of Institutional Review Boards, and the interplay between obtaining IRB approval and the final development of the case study protocol and conduct of a pilot case Includes an overall graphic of the entire case study research process at the beginning of the book, then highlights the steps in the process through graphics that appear at the outset of all the chapters that follow Offers in-text learning aids including “tips” that pose key questions and answers at the beginning of each chapter, practical exercises, endnotes, and a new cross-referencing table Case Study Research, Fourth Edition is ideal for courses in departments of Education, Business and Management, Nursing and Public Health, Public Administration, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science.
Posted in Social Science

Environmental program and policy evaluation

addressing methodological challenges

Author: American Evaluation Association

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 118

View: 3029

Although environmental policy and program evaluation emerged rather late compared to many other areas of public policy, an energetic evaluation community in the environmental field has emerged during the last decade. This is a community of evaluators with diverse backgrounds in environmental sciences, social sciences, and general evaluation. Evaluation in the environmental field is characterized by complex policies and programs around wicked problems. They exist within complex systems composed of interacting environmental and socioeconomic systems. In furthering the state of evaluation in the environmental field, this issue of focuses on key methodological challenges: OL {list-style:disc} P:{margin-left 60px} time horizons scaling data credibility research designs and counterfactuals Contributors look at each challenge with two chapters, to enhance a pluralistic discourse for development of the theory and practice of environmental evaluation. The authorsfrom Australia, Europe, and North Americarepresent the diversity of the community with respect to their formal training, personal experiences, and institutional affiliations. The issue concludes with two commentaries reflecting on the discussions in relation to that of contemporary evaluation in general and a summary of the insights for the future of environmental evaluation. These chapters cumulatively hold promise for furthering the quality of evaluations not only in the environmental field but in other fields as well. This is the 122nd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
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The Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Foundations

Author: Todd D. Little

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019937015X

Category: Psychology

Page: 515

View: 8220

This two-volume handbook on current best-practices in quantitative methods as practiced in the social, behavioral, and educational sciences covers philosophical and ethical issues, theory construction, model building and types of models, survey and experiment design, measurement issues, observational methods, statistical methods, types of analysis, types of data, and common research fallacies.
Posted in Psychology

Evaluation policy and evaluation practice

Author: American Evaluation Association

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 115

View: 4422

This issue of New Directions for Evaluation addresses the topic of evaluation policy, especially how it is informed by and affects evaluation practice. An evaluation policy is any rule or principle that a group or organization uses to guide its decisions and actions when doing evaluation. Every group and organization that engages in evaluation, including government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations, has evaluation policies. Sometimes they are formal, explicit, and written; at other times they are more implicit and ad hoc principles or norms that have simply evolved over time. Evaluation policy is a critically important issue for the field and profession of evaluation. Evaluation policies profoundly affect the day-to-day work of all evaluators. Many recent and current controversies or conflicts in the field of evaluation can be viewed, at least in part, as struggles around evaluation policy. The chapters in this issue consider evaluation policy in its many and varied settings and contexts, including extensive treatment of large-scale national evaluation policy both in the United States and in Europe. The issue brings together revised and extended versions of all of the key addresses in the presidential strand of the 2008 American Evaluation Association conference, including the presidential address, plenary speeches, and expert lectures. This is the 123rd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly thematic journal New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association. The journal publishes empirical, methodological, and theoretical works on all aspects of evaluation. Each issue is devoted to a single topic, with contributions solicited, organized, reviewed, and edited by a guest editor or editors. Issues may take any of several forms, such as a series of related chapters, a debate, or a long article followed by brief critical commentaries
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