Evaluation. An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs

  • ID: 2215439
  • Book
  • 416 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Programs that serve the needs of the public continually face changes brought by social, political, and economic forces. To survive these changes, organizations must evaluate their programs wisely and realistically. This book offers a new approach to evaluation, one that will encourage all kinds of organizations and agencies to improve their contributions to social betterment. The authors draw from three decades of evaluation practice and theory to present their own framework for conceptualizing evaluation and for pragmatically assessing social policies and programs.

They analyze four purposes of evaluation:

  • To review the merit of programs and their value to society
  • To improve the organization and its services
  • To ensure program compliance with mandates
  • To build knowledge and expertise for future programs

For the practitioner, these purposes help define the approach and methods for an evaluation. The authors also enrich their discussion with four possible modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Filled with tables, charts, and figures, this resource invites organizations to make the most appropriate programming decisions based on thoughtful and systematic methods. Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs is a tool that scholars can use to rejuvenate their view of evaluation and that practitioners can use to integrate the best techniques with a contemporary understanding of social policy and change.

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A Brief Overview of the Evaluation Enterprise.

A Framework for Describing and Planning Evaluations.

Social Betterment.

Realist Foundations for Sensemaking Through Evaluation.

Aligning Betterment, Purposes, Modes of Inquiry, and Methods for Sensemaking in a Realist World.

Evaluation Planning for Sensemaking in a Real(ist) World.

Methods for Description.

Classification.

Methods for Causal Analysis.

Values Inquiry.

Evaluation as Assisted Sensemaking: A Reprise.
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"It is a text thoroughly worth the attention of anyone interested in the field of evaluation." (CharityChannel.com, August 4, 2003)
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