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Program evaluation theory and practice : a comprehensive guide

Author: Donna M Mertens; Amy T Wilson
Publisher: New York, NY : Guilford Press, ©2012.
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This engaging text takes an evenhanded approach to major theoretical paradigms in evaluation and builds a bridge from them to evaluation practice. Featuring helpful checklists, procedural steps, provocative questions that invite readers to explore their own theoretical assumptions, and practical exercises, the book provides concrete guidance for conducting large- and small-scale evaluations. Numerous sample studies  Read more...
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Mertens, Donna M.
Program evaluation theory and practice.
New York, NY : Guilford Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011042703
(OCoLC)740626974
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donna M Mertens; Amy T Wilson
ISBN: 9781462503254 146250325X 9781462503261 1462503268 1283511185 9781283511186
OCLC Number: 780445874
Description: 1 online resource (619 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The landscape of evaluation --
Introduction to evaluation: defining terms and ethical considerations --
Framing evaluation : paradigms, branches, and theories --
Historical and contemporary evaluation paradigms, branches, theories, and approaches --
The postpositivist paradigm and the methods branch --
The pragmatic paradigm and the use branch --
The constructivist paradigm and the values branch --
The transformative paradigm and the social justice branch --
Planning evaluations --
Working with stakeholders: establishing the context and the evaluand --
Evaluation purposes and questions --
Evaluation designs --
Data collection strategies and indicators --
Stakeholders, participants, and sampling --
Data analysis and interpretation --
Implementation in evaluation --
Communication and utilization of findings --
Meta-evaluation and project management --
Perennial and emerging issues in evaluation --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Donna M. Mertens, Amy T. Wilson.

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This engaging text takes an evenhanded approach to major theoretical paradigms in evaluation and builds a bridge from them to evaluation practice. Featuring helpful checklists, procedural steps, provocative questions that invite readers to explore their own theoretical assumptions, and practical exercises, the book provides concrete guidance for conducting large- and small-scale evaluations. Numerous sample studies ;many with reflective commentary from the evaluators reveal the process through which an evaluator incorporates a paradigm into an actual research project. The book shows how theory informs methodological choices (the specifics of planning, implementing, and using evaluations). It offers balanced coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Useful pedagogical features include: Examples of large- and small-scale evaluations from multiple disciplines. Beginning-of-chapter reflection questions that set the stage for the material covered. "Extending your thinking" questions and practical activities that help readers apply particular theoretical paradigms in their own evaluation projects. Relevant Web links, including pathways to more details about sampling, data collection, and analysis. Boxes offering a closer look at key evaluation concepts and additional studies. Checklists for readers to determine if they have followed recommended practice. A companion website with resources for further learning.

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