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Evaluation in Action

Evaluation in Action
Interviews With Expert Evaluators

September 2008 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Designed to take readers behind the scenes of real evaluations and introduce them to the issues faced and decisions made by notable evaluators in the field, this book builds on 'Exemplars', a popular section in the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE), in which a well-known evaluator is interviewed about an evaluation he or she has conducted. Through a dialogue between the evaluator and the interviewer, the reader learns about the problems the evaluator faced in conducting the evaluation and the choices and compromises they made.
Chapter 1: Evaluation and Its Practice: Some Key Considerations and Choices
Part I: Traditional Evaluations with a Primary purpose of Judging Merit and Worth
Chapter 2: The Evaluation of GAIN: A Welfare-to-Work Program in California, An Interview with James A. Riccio
Chapter 3: Evaluation of the Natural Resources Leadership Program, 1995 through 1998, An Interview with Jennifer C. Greene
Chapter 4: The Evaluation of the Ft. Bragg and Stark County Systems of Care for Children and Adolescents, An Interview with Len Bickman
Part II: Evaluations with a Focus on Description
Chapter 5: The Evaluation of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), An Interview with David Fetterman
Chapter 6: The Evaluation of the Homeless Families Program, An Interview with Debra J. Rog
Chapter 7: The Council for School Performance: Performance Reports for Georgia Schools, An Interview with Gary T. Henry
Part III: Evaluations with an Emphasis on Program Planning and Organizational Development
Chapter 8: Evaluation of the Special Education Program at the Anoka-Hennepin School District, An Interview with Jean A. King
Chapter 9: Evaluation of the Work and Health Initiative with a Focus on Winning New Jobs, An Interview with Stewart I. Donaldson
Chapter 10: Developing an Evaluation System for the Corporate Education Development and Training (CEDT) Department at Sandia National Laboratories, An Interview with Hallie Preskill
Chapter 11: Evaluation of the Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative, An Interview with Ross Conner
Part IV: Evaluations Concerning Cultural Competence
Chapter 12: Evaluation of the Fun with Books Program, An Interview with Katrina Bledsoe
Chapter 13: Evaluation of Godfrey?s Children Center in Tanzania, An Interview with Allan Wallis and Victor Dukay
Part V: Analysis, Interpretations, and Conclusions
Chapter 14: Exemplars? Choices: What Do These Cases Tell Us About Practice?
Chapter 15: Analyzing the Practice of Evaluation: What Do these Cases Tell Us About Theory?
Appendix I: Other Categories for the Interviews
About the Authors

"A timely introduction to how evaluators go about the business of evaluation. Evaluation in Action will be useful for evaluators at all stages, experienced and new, and for students."

Carol J. Evans

"As one of the few collections of evaluator applied reasoning and practical insights, this volume is a useful resource for students, practitioners,and theorists/methodologists who want to better understand how evaluators think in practice and make decisions; how flow of workand events arising in the field shape the nature and use of evaluation theory, method, and practice."

Leigh M. Tolley and Nick L. Smith
Syracuse University
The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

My students really enjoyed this book. It made program evaluation come alive.

Dr Robbie Robichau
Institute for Public & Nonprofit Studies, Georgia Southern University
December 17, 2013

Versatile text for a variety of disciplines. Only criticism is font size not the easiest to read.

Miss Tracey Barnfather
Midwifery Division, Northampton University
February 15, 2013

This book is used in a prerequisite class and will be a secondary course text for this course. It is clear and flexible and provides a bridge between courses in our sequence.

Dr Paula Dawidowicz
School Of Education, Walden University
October 12, 2012

This text offers useful insight into the process and uses of evaluation.

Mrs Valerie Keating
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
November 10, 2009

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