Practical Evaluation, Page 322
Patton demonstrates that the main failing of most evaluations is a lack of practicality. They fail to be cheap, accurate, attuned to the differences between different programmes or to provide useful, realistic policy alternatives for decision-makers. Patton discusses the major stages of the evaulation process, describing evaluation design, measurement, analysis and reporting. Using his own field and workshop experiences, he provides a new vision of evaluation that emphasizes the elements of feasibility, efficiency, and utility.
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In consulting and teaching evaluation and research I often have the need to help others create questionnaires. Chapter 5 in this book - "Thoughtful Questionnaires" is SO good that even though it is now over two decades old it is still the best thing I have EVER found on the subject. Recently got to see a presentation from Patton and he is golden. His writing and thinking are clear, straight forward, no nonsense, and above all USEFUL and meaningful. Patton is the King of PRACTICAL evaluation!