Program Evaluation: An Introduction

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Cengage Learning, Mar 12, 2009 - Social Science - 416 pages
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Praised by instructors and students alike, PROGRAM EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION helps your students evaluate services and programs that they will encounter in their professional practice. In the process of learning evaluation techniques and skills, students will become proficient at critically analyzing evaluation studies conducted by others. The authors present and simplify all the essentials needed for a critical appreciation of evaluation issues and methodology. The authors clear writing style and clear presentation of concepts, as well as the text's hands-on and applied focus, will guide students on how to gather evidence and demonstrate that their interventions and programs are effective in improving clients lives.
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Contents

Introduction
1
Ethical Issues in Program Evaluation
34
Needs Assessment
55
Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Evaluation
83
Formative and Process Evaluation
108
Single System Research Designs
141
Client Satisfaction
175
Sampling
194
CostEffectiveness and Cost Analysis
255
Measurement Tools and Strategies
271
Illustrations of Instruments
301
Pragmatic Issues
317
Data Analysis
341
Writing Evaluation Proposals Reports and Journal Articles
373
Index
393
Copyright

Group Research Designs
207

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About the author (2009)

David Royse is a professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1980. He has written several books, including two for Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning: RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL WORK, Sixth Edition, and PROGRAM EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION, Fifth Edition.

Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, is Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, Florida State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. Recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Faculty Scholar Award, Dr. Thyer has published extensively on social work practice, research, and evaluation.

Deborah K. Padgett, Ph.D., MPH, is a professor at the New York University School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in urban anthropology in 1979 and completed post-doctoral programs in mental health services research at Columbia University School of Public Health (1985-86) and Duke University Department of Psychiatry (1994-95). Dr. Padgett's research interests include breast cancer screening and follow-up care for medically underserved women and qualitative studies of the 'process' of care for psychiatrically disabled homeless adults.

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