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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.

The Sage Handbook Of Evaluation

Author : Ian Shaw
ISBN : 9781446270554
Genre : Social Science
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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.

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.

Evaluation Policy And Evaluation Practice

Author : American Evaluation Association
ISBN : UOM:39076002841521
Genre : Education
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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

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.

Foundations Of Program Evaluation

Author : William R. Shadish
ISBN : 0803953011
Genre : Social Science
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Now in paperback, this volume summarizes, compares and contrasts the work of seven major theorists of programme evaluation. The authors develop a conceptual framework against which specific criteria of certain theories can be tested. They present the theoretical and practical advice of the theorists and critiques of their work. The conclusion summarizes the areas of agreement and disagreement between these influential theorists and offers directions for a new theory of programme evaluation.

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.

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.

Evaluation Models

Author : D.L. Stufflebeam
ISBN : 9780306475597
Genre : Education
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This is an up-to-date revision of the classic text first published in 1983. It includes a historical perspective on the growth of evaluation theory and practice and two comparative analyses of the various alternative perspectives on evaluation. It also includes articles representing the major schools of thought about evaluation written by the leaders who have developed these schools and models. The final section describes and discusses the Standards for Program Evaluation and the reformation of program evaluation.

Applied Psychology

Author : Kathy Pezdek
ISBN : 9780805853483
Genre : Psychology
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Demonstrates the power of applied psychology to promote human welfare and optimal human functioning, as well as the career opportunities that exist for those with a psychology education. This book examines how psychological science is, and can be, used to prevent and ameliorate pressing human problems to promote positive social change.

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