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Evaluation in Today’s World

Evaluation in Today’s World
Respecting Diversity, Improving Quality, and Promoting Usability

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November 2020 | 468 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Evaluation in Today's World is a timely and comprehensive textbook that covers theoretical and practical issues related to evaluation of programs, particularly social programs and projects, with an emphasis on viewing evaluation topics through a social justice, diversity, and inclusive perspective. Veronica G. Thomas and Patricia B. Campbell provide students with an equal appreciation of both the art (for example engaging stakeholders, communicating across diverse settings, recruiting participants) and science (writing questions that matter, using credible designs, data analysis) of evaluation planning, implementation, and dissemination. This textbook will help students recognize that all populations are diverse, and that high quality evaluations need to pay attention to the diversity of all populations being served. Numerous examples and activities are included to illustrate how the information in the book can be applied in actual settings. A feature called Voices from the Field in each chapter provides a commentary from practicing evaluators and evaluation users.

1. Evaluations of future: Inclusive, equity-focused, useful and used
2. Evaluation ethics and quality standards
3. Historical evolution of program evaluation
4. Evaluation paradigms, theories, and models
5. Social justice and evaluation: Theories, challenges, frameworks and paradigms
6. Evaluation types with a cultural and racial equity lens
7. Social programming, social justice, and evaluation
8. Responsive stakeholder engagement and democratizing the evaluation process
9. Planning the evaluation
10. Evaluation questions that matter
11. Selecting appropriate evaluation designs
12. Defining, collecting, and managing data
13. The best analysis for the data
14. Reporting, disseminating, and using evaluation results
15. Evaluation as a business
16. Interconnections and practical connections


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ISBN: 9781544348162