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Evaluation In Action

Author : Jody Fitzpatrick
ISBN : 9781412949743
Genre : Education
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Designed to take readers behind the scenes of real evaluations and introduce them to the issues faced and decisions made by notable evaluators in the field, this book builds on 'Exemplars', a popular section in the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE), in which a well-known evaluator is interviewed about an evaluation he or she has conducted. Through a dialogue between the evaluator and the interviewer, the reader learns about the problems the evaluator faced in conducting the evaluation and the choices and compromises they made.

Sozialpolitische Innovation Erm Glichen

Author : Karin Haubrich
ISBN : 9783830972280
Genre : Education
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Sozialpolitische Programme sollen Innovation und Verbesserung, die Erprobung neuer Wege und die Anpassung bestehender sozialstaatlicher Interventionen an veränderte gesellschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen bewirken. Als innovative Entwicklungsprogramme ermöglichen sie ein experimentierendes Vorgehen der Projekte. Die Evaluation soll die gewonnenen Ein-sichten wissenschaftlich absichern, um Weiterentwicklungen in einem Politikfeld zu ermöglichen. Doch solche Programme erweisen sich als 'dornige' Untersuchungsgegenstände und stellen Evaluationen vor typische Herausforderungen. Karin Haubrich studierte Soziologie, Psychologie und Volkswirtschaftslehre an der LMU München und promovierte mit dieser Arbeit an der FU Berlin. Sie ist seit 1993 wissenschaftliche Referentin am Deutschen Jugendinstitut und aktiv in der DeGEval - Gesellschaft für Evaluation (u.a. als AK-Sprecherin und Vorstandsmitglied). Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind Programmevaluationen in der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, Evaluationstheorie und -methodologie.

Evaluation Essentials Second Edition

Author : Marvin C. Alkin
ISBN : 9781462532438
Genre : Social Science
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Thoroughly revised and updated, this engaging text has given thousands of students and new evaluators the practical information and expert advice needed to conduct or use evaluations. In 26 concise sections, the book describes how to articulate answerable evaluation questions, collect and analyze data using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and deal with contingencies that might alter the traditional sequence of an evaluation. Special strengths of the text are its attention to individual, organizational, and community culture and emphasis on building collaborative relationships with stakeholders. An in-depth case study and related end-of-section exercises (including group activities) help students put themselves in the evaluator role. Other pedagogical features include section titles written as questions, bulleted recaps of each section, "Thinking Ahead" and "Next Steps" pointers, cautionary notes, and suggestions for further reading. New to This Edition *New and expanded topics: evaluation contracts, budgeting, surveys, data visualization, qualitative coding and memoing, factors affecting evaluation use, and context-sensitive evaluation. *Revised case study with extended exercises that guide the reader to complete a simulated evaluation. *End-of-section "Quick Read" links to recommended American Evaluation Association blog posts. *Four entirely new sections (such as "How Do You Strengthen Relationships with Stakeholders?" and "How Do We Plan a Process-Focused Evaluation Design?"), plus other changes and additions throughout.

The Sage Handbook Of Evaluation

Author : Ian Shaw
ISBN : 9781446207000
Genre : Social Science
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'This handbook thoroughly covers all aspects of evaluation, yet isn't too technical to understand. It offers everything an organization needs to know to get the most out of evaluation' - Nonprofit World `The Handbook succeeds in capturing and presenting evaluation's extensive knowledge base within a global context. In so doing it provides a useful, coherent and definitive benchmark on the field's diverse and dynamic purposes, practices, theories, approaches, issues, and challenges for the 21st century. The Handbook is an essential reference and map for any serious evaluation practitioner, scholar and student anywhere in the world' - Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation `Readers of this volume will find a set of texts that provide an evocative overview of contemporary thinking in the world of evaluation. This is not a book of simple tips. It does justice to the complex realities of evaluation practice by bringing together some of the best practitioners in the world to reflect on its current state. It is theoretically sophisticated yet eminently readable, anchored in evaluation as it is undertaken in a variety of domains. It is the kind of book that startles a little and makes you think. I highly recommend it' - Murray Saunders, University of Lancaster In this comprehensive handbook, an examination of the complexities of contemporary evaluation contributes to the ongoing dialogue that arises in professional efforts to evaluate people-related programs, policies and practices. The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation is a unique and authoritative resource consisting of 25 chapters covering a range of evaluation theories and techniques in a single, accessible volume. With contributions from world-leading figures in their fields overseen by an eminent international editorial board, this handbook is an extensive and user-friendly resource organised in four coherent sections: " Role and Purpose of Evaluation in Society; " Evaluation as a Social Practice; " The Practice of Evaluation; " Domains of Evaluation Practice. The Handbook of Evaluation is written for practicing evaluators, academics, advanced postgraduate students and evaluation clients and offers a definitive, benchmark statement on evaluation theory and practice for the first decades of the 21st century.

Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry

Author : Hallie Preskill
ISBN : 1412909511
Genre : Social Science
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Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry is the first book to introduce the application of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), an approach for organizational development and change, to the practice of evaluation. Authors Hallie Preskill and Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas lay out the theoretical foundation of AI and build a bridge between the theory and practice of applying AI to evaluation.

What Counts As Credible Evidence In Applied Research And Evaluation Practice

Author : Stewart I. Donaldson
ISBN : 9781412957076
Genre : Social Science
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What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation thoroughly covers one of the most fundamental issues facing applied research and evaluation practice today - what counts as sound evidence for decision making? An internationally renowned line up of authors explore a wide range of issues that address the fundamental challenges of designing and executing high quality applied research and evaluation studies. Readers will come away from this volume with a new and clear understanding of the philosophical, theoretical, methodological, political, and ethical dimensions of gathering credible evidence to answer fundamental research and evaluation questions across diverse disciplinary boundaries and "real world" contexts.

Analyzing The European Union Policy Process

Author : Esther Versluis
ISBN : NWU:35556041406307
Genre : Political Science
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Readers are provided with a practical insight into how to analyze policies and policy-making in the EU. Using case studies to deepen readers' understanding, this book examines the various stages of the policy process - from the moment the issue reaches the agenda through to drafting, implementation and evaluation.

Credible And Actionable Evidence

Author : Stewart I. Donaldson
ISBN : 9781483325071
Genre : Social Science
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Addressing one of the most important and contentious issues challenging applied research and evaluation practice today—what constitutes credible and actionable evidence?—this volume offers a balanced and current context in which to analyze the long-debated quantitative-qualitative paradigms. In the Second Edition, the contributors, a veritable “who’s who” in evaluation, discuss the diversity and changing nature of credible and actionable evidence; offer authoritative guidance about using credible and actionable evidence; explain how to use it to provide rigorous and influential evaluations; and include lessons from their own applied research and evaluation to suggest ways to address the key issues and challenges. Reflecting the latest developments in the field and covering both experimental and non-experimental methods, the new edition includes revised and updated chapters, summaries of strengths and weaknesses across varied approaches, and contains diverse definitions of evidence. Also included are two new chapters on assessing credibility and synthesizing evidence for policy makers. This is a valuable resource for students and others interested in how to best study and evaluate programs, policies, organizations, and other initiatives designed to improve aspects of the human condition and societal well-being.

Social Science And Social Policy

Author : R. Lance Shotland
ISBN : UOM:39015015285177
Genre : Political Science
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This book examines the role of the social sciences in shaping and evaluating social policy. It considers the past, present and potential role of the social sciences in policy creation, implementation, and evaluation processes. The authors present a considerable range of opinions about the ability of the social sciences to provide useful information is presented. The common view is that the social sciences can contribute to policy-making processes to a modest extent.

Action Evaluation Of Health Programmes And Changes

Author : John Ovretveit
ISBN : 1857759257
Genre : Medical
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This book describes the user-focused action evaluation approach for evaluating health programmes, policies and changes. It shows that evidence for making decisions can be gathered using a broader range of methods than is usually recognised in healthcare. In asking 'evaluation for whom and for what?', the book defines validity of evidence in relation to usefulness as well as in terms of whether systematic methods were followed. Managers, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students will find this a practical and readable book. It gives the tools to make sense of an evaluation quickly, as well as guidance for carrying one out, and ensuring that evaluators gather evidence which can be used for better informed decisions.

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