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What counts as credible evidence in applied research and evaluation?

Author: Stewart I Donaldson; Christina A Christie; Melvin M Mark
Publisher: Los Angeles [Calif.] ; London : SAGE, ©2009.
Series: SAGE research methods online.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The contributors explore a wide range of issues related to the fundamental challenges of designing and executing high-quality applied research and evalation studies.
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Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stewart I Donaldson; Christina A Christie; Melvin M Mark
ISBN: 9781412995634 1412995639
OCLC Number: 772143957
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 265 pages) : illustrations
Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the EditorsAbout the ContributorsPART I. INTRODUCTION1. In Search of the Blueprint for an Evidence-Based Global Society, by Stewart I. Donaldson2. Social Inquiry Paradigms as a Frame for the Debate on Credible Evidence, by Christina A. Christie and Dreolin FleischerPART II. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES AS THE ROUTE TO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE3. When Getting It Right Matters: The Case for High-Quality Policy and Program Impact Evaluations, by Gary T. Henry4. Randomized Control Trials: A Gold Standard With Feet of Clay? by Leonard Bickman and Stephanie M. Reich5. What Is Credible Evidence in Education? The Role of the What Works Clearinghouse in Informing the Process, by Russell Gersten and John Hitchcock6. Evaluation Methods for Producing Actionable Evidence: Contextual Influences on Adequacy and Appropriateness of Method Choice, by George Julnes and Debra RogPART III. NONEXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES FOR BUILDING CREDIBLE EVIDENCE7. Demythologizing Causation and Evidence, by Michael Scriven8. Evidence as "Proof" and Evidence as "Inkling," by Jennifer C. Greene9. Reasoning With Rigor and Probity: Ethical Premises for Credible Evidence, by Sharon F. Rallis10. Seeing Is Believing: The Credibility of Image-Based Research and Evaluation, by Sandra Mathison11. Toward a Practical Theory of Evidence for Evaluation, by Thomas A. SchwandtPART IV. CONCLUSIONS12. Credible Evidence: Changing the Terms of the Debate, by Melvin M. MarkEpilogue: A Practitioner's Guide for Gathering Credible Evidence in the Evidenced-Based Global Society, by Stewart I. DonaldsonAuthor IndexSubject Index
Series Title: SAGE research methods online.
Responsibility: Stewart I. Donaldson, Christine A. Christie, Melvin M. Mark, editors.

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