Agency-Based Program Evaluation
Lessons From Practice
- Stephen A. Kapp - University of Kansas, USA
- Gary R. Anderson - Michigan State University, USA
This book offers a practice-oriented approach to evaluation. While many program evaluation methods texts often add a chapter or brief sections that describe organizational and political factors.
Features and Benefits:
combines the methodology of program evaluation with the reality of working with agencies
an understanding of the political and social context and pressures in which a program is developed, implemented and evaluated
examples of the techniques to apply in family and children services agencies
The Student Study Site features SAGE Journal Articles and Web Resources.
The password-protected portion of the Web site includes PowerPoint Slides, a Test Bank, and Web Resources.
"What sets Kapp and Anderson’s book apart is an emphasis for nonevaluators on a succinct argument for conducting evaluations and a thorough discussion of applied ethics in evaluation. Agency-Based Program Evaluation would be a good fit for a program evaluation survey course, especially for those in the social work and human service professions (e.g., family therapists). Practitioners of all specialties who are interested in adding program evaluation activities to their skill set will find this a useful introduction to the field, but it shouldn’t serve as the sole resource."
This textbook has all the elements of Program Evaluation that I was interested in teaching. Further, the writing is very understandable and the formatting is attractive. In particular, I like the two sections on Program Logic Models and Cultural Competency.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 - Making the Case for Program Evaluation
Chapter 7 - Program Definition