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Practical Program Evaluation
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Practical Program Evaluation
Theory-Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective

Second Edition


November 2014 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition of Practical Program Evaluation shows readers how to systematically identify stakeholders’ needs in order to select the evaluation options best suited to meet those needs. 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. 

 

 
PREFACE
 
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE BOOK
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
PART I: INTRODUCTION
 
1. Fundamentals for Program Evaluation
 
2. Understand Approaches to Evaluation and Select Ones That Work: The Comprehensive Evaluation Typology
 
3. Logic Models and the Action Model/Change Model Schema (Program Theory)
 
PART II: PROGRAM EVALUATION TO HELP STAKEHOLDERS DEVELOP A PROGRAM PLAN
 
4. Helping Stakeholders Clarify a Program Plan: Program Scope
 
5. Helping Stakeholders Clarify a Program Plan: Action Plan
 
PART III: EVALUATING IMPLEMENTATION
 
6. Constructive Process Evaluation Tailored for the Initial Implementation
 
7. Assessing Implementation in the Mature Implementation Stage
 
PART IV: PROGRAM MONITORING AND OUTCOME EVALUATION
 
8. Program Monitoring and the Development of a Monitoring System
 
9. Constructive Outcome Evaluations
 
10. The Experimentation Evaluation Approach to Outcome Evaluation
 
11. The Holistic Effectuality Evaluation Approach to Outcome Evaluation
 
12. The Theory-Driven Approach to Outcome Evaluation
 
PART V: ADVANCED ISSUES IN PROGRAM EVALUATION
 
13. What to Do if Your Logic Model Does Not Work as Well as Expected
 
14. Formal Theories Versus Stakeholder Theories in Interventions: Relative Strengths and Limitations
 
15. Evaluation and Dissemination: Top-Down Approach Versus Bottom-Up Approach
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Interesting and relevant additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles.
Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Detailed lecture notes that align with the PowerPoint slides summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.

Practical Program Evaluation provides an essential conceptual framework to students of social policy, who will find this text invaluable as they embark on their professional career. Its treatment of stakeholders has particular merit in ensuring a successful evaluation process and outcome. The text is highly accessible, and exposes students to a broad array of approaches which will prove useful in different agency settings

Dr Sue Vella
Social Policy & Social Work , University of Malta
August 7, 2015
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