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Program Theory Driven Evaluation Science

Author : Stewart I. Donaldson
ISBN : 9781136677328
Genre : Business & Economics
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Program Theory-Driven Evaluation Science fills the gap between 21st century literature on evaluation and what is happening in practice. It features detailed examples of how evaluations actually unfold in practice to develop people, programs, and organizations. Commonly accepted strategies for practicing evaluation are outlined, followed by comprehensive accounts of how those strategies have played out in the face of the complexities and challenges of “real world” settings. In so doing, the book illustrates the authentic challenges of implementing an evaluation approach in practice. Author Stewart Donaldson provides a state-of-the-art treatment of the practice of program theory-driven evaluation science. Each case follows a three-step model: developing program impact theory; formulating and prioritizing evaluation questions; and answering evaluation questions. Initial chapters discuss the emergence of program theory-driven evaluation science and specific strategies for carrying out each of the three steps. Succeeding chapters address recent applications and practical implications of evaluation science. The challenges and lessons learned from the cases are then reviewed. This volume is of significant value to evaluation practitioners, professors and trainers of evaluation, evaluation researchers, and advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a text for courses in evaluation and applied research methods. It is also of great interest to those interested in the connections between work and health, career development, human service organizations, and organizational improvement and effectiveness.

Theory Driven Evaluations

Author : Huey T. Chen
ISBN : 0803958994
Genre : Business & Economics
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A new, comprehensive framework for programme evaluation designed to bridge the gap between the method- and theory-oriented perspectives, is presented in this book, newly available in paper. Chen provides an intensive discussion of the nature and functions of programme theory, approaches to constructing programme theories, and the integration of programme theory with evaluation processes. Specific types of theory-driven evaluations, as well as principles and guidelines for application, are developed for meeting different policy purposes. Application of systematic strategies is illustrated by concrete examples from a variety of evaluation studies in different fields.

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.

Die Methodenschule Der Objektiven Hermeneutik

Author : Roland Becker-Lenz
ISBN : 9783658007683
Genre : Education
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Mit dem Ziel, eine aktuelle Standortbestimmung vorzunehmen, skizzieren die Autoren dieses Buches aus unterschiedlichen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen und Perspektiven den Einsatz der Objektiven Hermeneutik in verschiedenen Forschungsfeldern. Diese Methode gilt gegenwärtig als das theoretisch und methodisch am umfassendsten ausgearbeitete hermeneutische Verfahren in den Sozialwissenschaften. Neben einem Rückblick auf die Anfänge und Begründung der Objektiven Hermeneutik, werden deren Entwicklungspotenziale und künftige Herausforderungen vorgestellt und diskutiert.

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.

Evaluating Social Programs And Problems

Author : Stewart I. Donaldson
ISBN : 9781135636326
Genre : Psychology
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Today's evaluators are being challenged to help design and evaluate social programs intended to prevent and ameliorate complex social problems in a variety of settings, including schools, communities, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of world-renowned evaluators, the goal of this new book is to provide the most up-to-date theorizing about how to practice evaluation in the new millennium. It features specific examples of evaluations of social programs and problems, including the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular and promising evaluation approaches, to help readers determine when particular methods are likely to be most effective. As such, it is the most comprehensive volume available on modern theories of evaluation practice. Evaluating Social Programs and Problems presents diverse, cutting-edge perspectives articulated by prominent evaluators and evaluation theorists on topics including, but not limited to: *Michael Scriven on evaluation as a trans-discipline; *Joseph S. Wholey on results-oriented management; *David Fetterman on empowerment evaluation; *Yvonna S. Lincoln on fourth-generation evaluation; *Donna M. Mertens on inclusive evaluation; *Stewart I. Donaldson on theory-driven evaluation; and *Melvin M. Mark on an integrated view of diverse visions for evaluation. Evaluating Social Programs and Problems is a valuable resource and should be considered required reading for practicing evaluators, evaluators-in-training, scholars and teachers of evaluation and research methods, and other professionals interested in improving social problem-solving efforts in the new millennium.

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.

Interactive Evaluation Practice

Author : Jean A. King
ISBN : 9781483313733
Genre : Social Science
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You've taken your introduction to evaluation course and are about to do your first evaluation project. Where do you begin? Interactive Evaluation Practice: Managing the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation helps bridge the gap between the theory of evaluation and its practice, giving students the specific skills they need to use in different evaluation settings. Jean A. King and Laurie Stevahn present readers with three organizing frameworks (derived from social interdependence theory from social psychology, evaluation use research, and the evaluation capacity building literature) for thinking about evaluation practice. These frameworks help readers track the various skills or strategies to use for distinctive evaluation situations. In addition, the authors provide explicit advice about how to solve specific evaluation problems. Numerous examples throughout the text bring interactive practice to life in a variety of settings.

Using Theory To Improve Program And Policy Evaluations

Author : Huey-tsyh Chen
ISBN : UOM:39015021575850
Genre : Political Science
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This book reveals the importance of theory in program evaluation and analyzes the nature and implications of theory-driven evaluations. Covered are: functions of program theory, strategies for formulating theory, cost and resource constraints, different types of theory-driven evaluations, and their future implications.

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.

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