Advancing Validity in Outcome Evaluation: Theory and Practice: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 130

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Huey T. Chen, Stewart I. Donaldson, Melvin M. Mark
Wiley, Jul 13, 2011 - Education - 136 pages
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Exploring the influence and application of Campbellian validity typology in the theory and practice of outcome evaluation, this volume addresses the strengths and weaknesses of this often controversial evaluation method and presents new perspectives for its use.

Editors Huey T. Chen, Stewart I. Donaldson and Melvin M. Mark provide a historical overview of the Campbellian typology adoption, contributions and criticism. Contributing authors propose strategies in developing a new perspective of validity typology for advancing validity in program evaluation including

  1. Enhance External Validity
  2. Enhance Precision by Reclassifying the Campbellian Typology
  3. Expand the Scope of the Typology

The volume concludes with William R. Shadish's spirited rebuttal to earlier chapters. A collaborator with Don Campbell, Shadish provides a balance to the perspective of the issue with a clarification and defense of Campbell's work.

This is the 129th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.

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Huey T. Chen has been a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2002. He was born and raised in Taiwan. Dr. Chen worked at the University of Akron until 1997, when he joined the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the chief of an evaluation branch. Dr. Chen had taken a leadership role in designing and implementing a national evaluation system for assessing the CDC funded HIV prevention programs, which are based in health departments and community organizations. Dr. Chen has contributed to the development of evaluation theory and methodology, especially in the areas of program theory and theory-driven evaluations. His book, Theory-Driven Evaluations, has been recognized as one of the landmarks in program evaluation. In 1998 he received the Senior Biomedical Research Service Award from the CDC. He is also the 1993 recipient of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for contributions to Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association.

Stewart I. Donaldson is Professor and Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center, and Dean of the Schools of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation and Community & Global Health at Claremont Graduate University. Dean Donaldson continues to develop and lead one of the most extensive and rigorous graduate programs specializing in evaluation. Dr. Donaldson is currently serving as the Director of the American Evaluation Association s (AEA) Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program and recently served a 3-year term on the AEA Board. He leads the Certificate for the Advanced Study of Evaluation Program at Claremont (a distance education program for working professionals) and has taught thousands of graduate students and working professionals participating in online courses, workshops, webinars, and various other e-learning experiences. He is a fellow of the "Western Psychological Association, " serves on the Boards of the "International Positive Psychology Association" and "EvalPartners, " and the Editorial Boards of the "American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, Evaluation and Program Planning", and the Journal "of Multidisciplinary Evaluation". Professor Donaldson has authored or co-authored more than 200 evaluation reports, scientific journal articles, and chapters and his recent books include "Credible and actionable evidence: The foundation of rigorous and influential evaluations "(this volume); "Practical program design and redesign: A theory-driven approach to program development and developmental evaluation "(forthcoming); "Evaluation for an equitable society "(forthcoming); "Theory-driven positive psychology: A culturally responsive scientific approach "(forthcoming); "Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation" (2013); "The Future of Evaluation in Society: A Tribute to Michael Scriven "(2013); "Teaching Psychology Online: Tips and Strategies for Success" (2012); "Social Psychology and Evaluation" (2011); "Advancing Validity in Outcome Evaluation: Theory and Practice" (2011); "Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society" (2011); "What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice?" (2008); "Program Theory-Driven Evaluation Science: Strategies and Applications" (2007); "Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers" (2006); and "Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millennium" (2003). Dr. Donaldson has been honored with Early Career Achievement Awards from the Western Psychological Association and the American Evaluation Association. In 2013, he was honored with the American Evaluation Association s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for sustained lifetime written contributions to advancing evaluation theory and practice, and was elected President of the American Evaluation Association.

Melvin M. Mark is professor of psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also is Head of the Department of Psychology. He has served as President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). He was Editor of the "American Journal of Evaluation" (and is now Editor Emeritus). A social psychologist, Dr. Mark has wide ranging interests related to the theory, methodology and practice of evaluation, as well as a general interest in the application of social psychology to evaluation and applied social research. Dr. Mark s awards include the American Evaluation Association s Lazarsfeld Award for Contributions to Evaluation Theory. He is author of more than 125 articles and chapters in books. Among his books are "Evaluation: An integrated framework for understanding, guiding, and improving policies and programs" and the co-edited volumes "Social Science and Social Policy; SAGE Handbook of Evaluation;" "What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice;" "Evaluation in Action: Interviews with Expert Evaluators; "and "Social Psychology and Evaluation".

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