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
John Wiley & Sons, Jul 12, 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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Contents

Editors Notes
What Works for Whom Where Why for What
New and Old Directions for Validity Concerning
Criticisms of and an Alternative to the Shadish
Conclusion
Conflict of Interest and Campbellian Validity
The Construction of Validity as Argument
Assessing Program Outcomes From the BottomUp
The Truth About Validity
Index
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