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.
A Framework for Describing and Planning Evaluations.
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.
Methods for Causal Analysis.
Evaluation as Assisted Sensemaking: A Reprise.