Evaluation Essentials: Methods for Conducting Sound Research

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Juli 2008



Evaluation Essentials Evaluation Essentials is an indispensable text that offers an introduction to program evaluation. Examples of program descriptions from a variety of sectors including public policy, public health, non-profit management, social work, arts management, education, international assistance, and labor illustrate the book's step-by-step approach to the process and methods of program evaluation. Perfect for students as well as new evaluators, Evaluation Essentials offers a comprehensive foundation in the core concepts, theories, and methods of program evaluation. Beth Osborne Daponte-a leading authority in program evaluation-clearly shows how to form evaluation questions, describe programs using program theory and program logic models, understand causation as it relates to evaluation, use quasi-experimental design, and create meaningful outcome measures. The book offers appropriate approaches to collecting data and introduces readers to survey design and sampling. Daponte explores what it means to say that a program "causes" change to occur. Evaluation Essentials provides a rigorous introduction to quasi-experimental design, helps determine which designs are most appropriate for given situations, and explains the trade-offs between designs.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Describing the Program
Chapter 3: Laying the Evaluation Groundwork
Chapter 4: Causation
Chapter 5: The Prisms of Validity
Chapter 6: Attributing Outcomes to the Program: Quasi-Experimental Design
Chapter 7 Collecting Data
Chapter 8 Conclusions
Appendix A


Beth Osborne Daponte, Ph.D., is a senior research scholar at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and lecturer in the School of Management at Yale University. Currently, she is also working with a large community foundation, helping it address its evaluation challenges at both the organizational and programmatic levels.
EAN: 9780787984397
ISBN: 0787984396
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2008
Seitenanzahl: 170 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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