Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Kathryn E. Newcomer,Harry P. Hatry,Joseph S. Wholey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118893697

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 912

View: 8076

The leading program evaluation reference, updated with the latest tools and techniques The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Neatly integrating authoritative, high-level information with practicality and readability, this guide gives you the tools and processes you need to analyze your program's operations and outcomes more accurately. This new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised, with new coverage of the latest evaluation methods, including: Culturally responsive evaluation Adopting designs and tools to evaluate multi-service community change programs Using role playing to collect data Using cognitive interviewing to pre-test surveys Coding qualitative data You'll discover robust analysis methods that produce a more accurate picture of program results, and learn how to trace causality back to the source to see how much of the outcome can be directly attributed to the program. Written by award-winning experts at the top of the field, this book also contains contributions from the leading evaluation authorities among academics and practitioners to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference on the topic. Valid and reliable data constitute the bedrock of accurate analysis, and since funding relies more heavily on program analysis than ever before, you cannot afford to rely on weak or outdated methods. This book gives you expert insight and leading edge tools that help you paint a more accurate picture of your program's processes and results, including: Obtaining valid, reliable, and credible performance data Engaging and working with stakeholders to design valuable evaluations and performance monitoring systems Assessing program outcomes and tracing desired outcomes to program activities Providing robust analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data Governmental bodies, foundations, individual donors, and other funding bodies are increasingly demanding information on the use of program funds and program results. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation shows you how to collect and present valid and reliable data about programs.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Kathryn E. Newcomer,Harry P. Hatry,Joseph S. Wholey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118893611

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 912

View: 6446

The leading program evaluation reference, updated with the latest tools and techniques The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Neatly integrating authoritative, high-level information with practicality and readability, this guide gives you the tools and processes you need to analyze your program's operations and outcomes more accurately. This new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised, with new coverage of the latest evaluation methods, including: Culturally responsive evaluation Adopting designs and tools to evaluate multi-service community change programs Using role playing to collect data Using cognitive interviewing to pre-test surveys Coding qualitative data You'll discover robust analysis methods that produce a more accurate picture of program results, and learn how to trace causality back to the source to see how much of the outcome can be directly attributed to the program. Written by award-winning experts at the top of the field, this book also contains contributions from the leading evaluation authorities among academics and practitioners to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference on the topic. Valid and reliable data constitute the bedrock of accurate analysis, and since funding relies more heavily on program analysis than ever before, you cannot afford to rely on weak or outdated methods. This book gives you expert insight and leading edge tools that help you paint a more accurate picture of your program's processes and results, including: Obtaining valid, reliable, and credible performance data Engaging and working with stakeholders to design valuable evaluations and performance monitoring systems Assessing program outcomes and tracing desired outcomes to program activities Providing robust analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data Governmental bodies, foundations, individual donors, and other funding bodies are increasingly demanding information on the use of program funds and program results. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation shows you how to collect and present valid and reliable data about programs.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Joseph S. Wholey,Harry P. Hatry,Kathryn E. Newcomer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470873403

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 752

View: 9619

Praise for the third edition of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation "Mix three of the most highly regarded evaluators with a team of talented contributors, and you end up with an exceedingly practical and useful handbook that belongs on the reference shelf of every evaluator as well as program and policy officials." —Jonathan D. Breul, executive director, IBM Center for The Business of Government "Joe Wholey and his colleagues have done it again—a remarkably comprehensive, thoughtful, and interesting guide to the evaluation process and its context that should be useful to sponsors, users, and practitioners alike." —Eleanor Chelimsky, former U.S. Assistant Comptroller General for Program Evaluation and Methodology "Students and practitioners of public policy and administration are fortunate that the leading scholars on evaluation have updated their outstanding book. This third edition of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation will prove once again to be an invaluable resource in the classroom and on the front lines for a public service under increasing pressure to do more with less."—Paul L. Posner, director, public administration, George Mason University, and immediate former president, the American Society of Public Administration "The third edition of the Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation reflects the evolving nature of the field, while maintaining its value as a guide to the foundational skills needed for evaluation." —Leslie J. Cooksy, current president, the American Evaluation Association "This third edition is even more of a must-have book than its earlier incarnations—for academics to give their students a comprehensive overview of the field, for practitioners to use as a reference to the best minds on each topic, and for evaluation funders and consumers to learn what is possible and what they should expect. I've been in evaluation for 35 years, and I used the first and second editions all the time."—Michael Hendricks, Ph.D., independent evaluation consultant

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Joseph S. Wholey,Harry P. Hatry,Kathryn E. Newcomer

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 656

View: 6752

Experts in the field of program evaluation outline efficient and economical methods of assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance. Written for managers, administrators, and educators in nonprofit, government, and private institutions, this practical guide demystifies the assessment process. From simple evaluations to more thorough examinations, the authors describe the nuts-and-bolts of how to create an evaluation design and how to collect and analyze data in a way that will result in low cost and successful evaluations.

Handbook of Program Evaluation for Social Work and Health Professionals

Author: Michael J. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195158431

Category: Social Science

Page: 386

View: 8130

By integrating both evaluation and research methods and assuming no previous knowledge of research, this book makes an excellent reference for professionals working in social work and health settings who are now being called upon to conduct or supervise program evaluation and may need a refresher on research methods.

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: 7034

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

Practical Program Evaluations

Getting from Ideas to Outcomes

Author: Gerald Andrews Emison

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483370941

Category: Political Science

Page: 112

View: 2920

Program evaluation requires attention to rationality, rigor, and careful methods. Yet precision and accuracy alone do not guarantee that program evaluations will be implemented. What prevents an evaluation from being thrown on a shelf to gather dust? Author Gerald Emison, a practitioner with more than 20 years experience, knows that the consumers of program evaluations operate in a decidedly practical and political arena where decision making is a very human and sometimes messy process. Getting students from ideas to outcomes means that knowing clients’ needs and effectively communicating results are just as crucial as an evaluator’s theoretical knowledge and statistical analysis. Emison wants to help students translate their mastery of methodology into useable program evaluations that are implemented and affect actual programs. Short and to-the-point, Practical Program Evaluations hones in on the applied side of program evaluation, with the goal of creating and presenting program evaluations that are used and improve public enterprises. A handy supplement to core texts, Emison offers honest advice, emphasizing practices that focus on the client, content, control and communication of program evaluations.

Public Program Evaluation

A Statistical Guide

Author: Laura Langbein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315497883

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 6379

First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.

Logic Modeling Methods in Program Evaluation

Author: Joy A. Frechtling

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 2980

Written for students, researchers, consultants, professionals, and scholars, Logic Modeling Methods in Program Evaluation provides a step-by-step explanation of logic modeling and its importance in connecting theory with implementation and outcomes in program evaluation in the social sciences. Logic Modeling Methods in Program Evaluation’s comprehensive approach: · Shows how the logic model can be used to clarify assumptions, reach group consensus, and bridge between various disciplines; · Identifies the specific components of logic modeling and discusses inputs, activities, outputs, short and long-term outcomes, contextual factors, and optional components and variations; · Focuses on the critical role of consensus in the development of a logic model, including factors such as teaming, timing, and collaborative learning; · Explores issues such as the most common mistakes in the development and implementation of logic models and the use of logic models in projects with different levels of complexity or different durations; · Discusses how the logic model can be used to identify the range of outcomes to be examined and how summative questions can be prioritized; · Includes a variety of illustrative case studies of simple, multi-year, and complex projects and demonstrates the use of the logic model to establish project goals and evaluate the project’s outcome.

Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Huey T. Chen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412992303

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

View: 2881

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.

Public Policy and Program Evaluation

Author: Evert Vedung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351495607

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 3664

Evaluation is a controversial and little-understood strategy of public governance, control, and decision making. As early as classical antiquity, scholars were summoned to court to counsel kings. Public policy and program evaluation is a recent addition to the great chain of attempts to use the brainpower of scholars and scientists to further the interests of the state. Evaluation scholars are asked to provide retrospective assessments of the implementation, output, and outcome of government measures in order to effect deeper understanding and well-grounded decisions on the part of those in charge of government operations. Evaluation is the process of distinguishing the worthwhile from the worthless, the precious from the useless; evaluation implies looking backward in order to be able to steer forward better. Written from a political science perspective, Public Policy and Program Evaluation provides an overview of the possibilities and limits of public sector evaluation. Evert Vedung examines evaluation as a mechanism for monitoring, systematizing, and grading government activities and their results so that public officials, in their future-oriented work, will be able to act as responsibly, creatively, and efficiently as possible. Topics discussed include: "Evaluation, Rationality, and Theories of Public Management"; "Models of Evaluation"; "Internal or External Evaluation"; "Impact Assessment as Tryout and Social Experimentation"; "Process Evaluation and Implementation Theory"; "The Eight-Problems Approach to Evaluation"; and "Uses and Users of Evaluation." All evaluation rests upon the idea that perceptions, opinions, intentions, judgments—in short, everything concerned with the world of human consciousness—play such interesting roles in political and administrative action that their functions are worth investigating. Through experience, humans may learn from past actions. The interventions of the modern state are so extensive, their execu

Handbook on Impact Evaluation

Quantitative Methods and Practices

Author: Shahidur R. Khandker,Gayatri B. Koolwal,Hussain A. Samad

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821380291

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

View: 7733

Public programs are designed to reach certain goals and beneficiaries. Methods to understand whether such programs actually work, as well as the level and nature of impacts on intended beneficiaries, are main themes of this book.

Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning

Research and Practice

Author: Joseph A. Durlak,Celene E. Domitrovich,Roger P. Weissberg,Thomas P. Gullotta

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462527914

Category: Education

Page: 634

View: 8334

The burgeoning multidisciplinary field of social and emotional learning (SEL) now has a comprehensive and definitive handbook covering all aspects of research, practice, and policy. The prominent editors and contributors describe state-of-the-art intervention and prevention programs designed to build students' skills for managing emotions, showing concern for others, making responsible decisions, and forming positive relationships. Conceptual and scientific underpinnings of SEL are explored and its relationship to children's and adolescents' academic success and mental health examined. Issues in implementing and assessing SEL programs in diverse educational settings are analyzed in depth, including the roles of school- and district-level leadership, teacher training, and school-family partnerships.

Impact Evaluation in Practice, Second Edition

Author: Paul J. Gertler,Sebastian Martinez,Patrick Premand,Laura B. Rawlings,Christel M. J. Vermeersch

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 1464807809

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 364

View: 1473

The second edition of the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to impact evaluation for policy makers and development practitioners. First published in 2011, it has been used widely across the development and academic communities. The book incorporates real-world examples to present practical guidelines for designing and implementing impact evaluations. Readers will gain an understanding of impact evaluations and the best ways to use them to design evidence-based policies and programs. The updated version covers the newest techniques for evaluating programs and includes state-of-the-art implementation advice, as well as an expanded set of examples and case studies that draw on recent development challenges. It also includes new material on research ethics and partnerships to conduct impact evaluation. The handbook is divided into four sections: Part One discusses what to evaluate and why; Part Two presents the main impact evaluation methods; Part Three addresses how to manage impact evaluations; Part Four reviews impact evaluation sampling and data collection. Case studies illustrate different applications of impact evaluations. The book links to complementary instructional material available online, including an applied case as well as questions and answers. The updated second edition will be a valuable resource for the international development community, universities, and policy makers looking to build better evidence around what works in development.

Purposeful Program Theory

Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models

Author: Sue C. Funnell,Patricia J. Rogers

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470939895

Category: Education

Page: 576

View: 5243

Between good intentions and great results lies a program theory—not just a list of tasks but a vision of what needs to happen, and how. Now widely used in government and not-for-profit organizations, program theory provides a coherent picture of how change occurs and how to improve performance. Purposeful Program Theory shows how to develop, represent, and use program theory thoughtfully and strategically to suit your particular situation, drawing on the fifty-year history of program theory and the authors' experiences over more than twenty-five years. "From needs assessment to intervention design, from implementation to outcomes evaluation, from policy formulation to policy execution and evaluation, program theory is paramount. But until now no book has examined these multiple uses of program theory in a comprehensive, understandable, and integrated way. This promises to be a breakthrough book, valuable to practitioners, program designers, evaluators, policy analysts, funders, and scholars who care about understanding why an intervention works or doesn't work." —Michael Quinn Patton, author, Utilization-Focused Evaluation "Finally, the definitive guide to evaluation using program theory! Far from the narrow 'one true way' approaches to program theory, this book provides numerous practical options for applying program theory to fulfill different purposes and constraints, and guides the reader through the sound critical thinking required to select from among the options. The tour de force of the history and use of program theory is a truly global view, with examples from around the world and across the full range of content domains. A must-have for any serious evaluator." —E. Jane Davidson, PhD, Real Evaluation Ltd. Companion Web site: josseybass.com/go/funnellrogers

Planning Programs for Adult Learners

A Practical Guide

Author: Rosemary S. Caffarella,Sandra Ratcliff Daffron

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470770376

Category: Education

Page: 422

View: 821

The third edition of Planning Programs for Adult Learners explores the development of adult education programs in clear and specific detail. The book offers a popular step-by-step guide that contains information on every area of program planning for adult learners, from understanding the purpose of educational programs to obtaining suitable facilities to incorporating technology appropriately. This important resource is written for educators and practitioners for whom planning programs is a full-time responsibility or only a part of their jobs, as well as volunteers in a variety of organizations. This new edition integrates the relevant literature from the past decade on globalization, culture, and technology that has influenced the world in which adult educators now practice. The book is filled with examples and scenarios that illustrate the precepts and advice from Caffarella's proven Interactive Model of Program Planning and the handy chapter checklists remind practitioners what to focus on in their practice. In addition, the third edition puts the focus on critical administrative tasks and explores the ethical issues related to program planning. With the Interactive Model of Program Planning, the authors provide adult educators and practitioners in all fields a set of intellectual and practical tools to plan effective educational programs for adults.

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

An Introduction to Practice

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

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 145228959X

Category: Social Science

Page: 560

View: 8199

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice, Second Edition offers an accessible, practical introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations, and has been extensively updated since the first edition. Using examples, it covers topics in a detailed fashion, making it a useful guide for students as well as practitioners who are participating in program evaluations or constructing and implementing performance measurement systems. Authors James C. McDavid, Irene Huse, and Laura R. L. Hawthorn guide readers through conducting quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, needs assessments, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as constructing, implementing and using performance measurement systems. The importance of professional judgment is highlighted throughout the book as an intrinsic feature of evaluation practice.

The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation

Author: Ian Shaw,Ian Graham Ronald Shaw,Jennifer C Greene,Melvin M Mark

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446270556

Category: Social Science

Page: 632

View: 5921

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.

ASTD Handbook for Measuring and Evaluating Training

Author: Patricia Pulliam Phillips,American Society for Training and Development

Publisher: American Society for Training and Development

ISBN: 1562867067

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

View: 3016

Learning professionals have a love-hate relationship with measurement and evaluation. On one hand, most people agree that evaluation and the evolving results can represent important information. On the other hand, the act of evaluation seems daunting and beyond their interest in learning and development. But there is no arguing that the call for accountability of resource expenditures is louder than ever. To support learning professionals as they answer this call, ASTD is launching a new handbook, Handbook of Measuring and Evaluating Training. This new book addresses the mechanics of evaluation from the perspective of a variety of contributors. It addresses content relevant to the four phases of measurement and evaluation: planning, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. In addition, chapters are included that support implementation of your measurement practice. Each chapter is written to achieve at least three learning objectives. A knowledge check is included at the end of each chapter to ensure readers gain at least one new insight.

The ABCs of Evaluation

Timeless Techniques for Program and Project Managers

Author: John Boulmetis,Phyllis Dutwin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118103661

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 1974

Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition of bestselling The ABCs of Evaluation offers an introduction to program evaluation. This comprehensive textbook covers topics such as stakeholder relationships, program design, data collection and analysis, reporting results, and other important steps in the evaluation process. The ABCs of Evaluation shows how to select participants for the evaluation and how to deal with multiple goals and objectives—including those of the organization, the staff, and the client. The authors illustrate the circumstances under which each evaluation model can be used, and offer tips on identifying data sources and collecting the data. This revision includes substantially increased coverage of theory, methodological approaches, the business of evaluation, the evaluator's role and responsibilities, RFPs and the grants process, logic models, data analysis, and writing the evaluation report. Also included are new cases and scenarios from various evaluation realms in social sciences, education, health, and human services. Throughout the book, charts, graphs, models, and lists help organize, extend, and facilitate the understanding of each evaluation concept. Praise for the Previous Edition of The ABCs of Evaluation "A useful general overview of the evaluation process. I would recommend it to program or project managers wanting to know more about the process of evaluation." —American Journal of Evaluation "All students (and practitioners) should have this in their library; they will use it frequently." —Patricia McGee, PhD, associate professor, University of Texas, San Antonio Companion Web site: www.josseybass.com/go/Boulmetis