Practical Program Evaluation: Assessing and Improving Planning, Implementation, and Effectiveness

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SAGE, 2005 - Social Science - 292 pages
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Practical Program Evaluation: Assessing and Improving Planning, Implementation, and Effectiveness introduces students to the real world of evaluation, focusing on issues that arise in professional practice. Author Huey T. Chen concentrates on the steps vital to program evaluation: systematically identifying stakeholder needs, selecting evaluation options best suited to particular needs and reconciling any necessary tradeoffs, and turning the decisions into action. Using illustrative examples from the field, the book details the methods and procedures involved in analyzing and identifying stakeholder expectations and selecting an evaluation strategy. The principles and strategies presented are reinforced with theoretical justification. This provides students and professional evaluators the knowledge and flexibility to design suitable evaluations and follow them through from start to finish.

 

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Contents

Fundamentals for Practicing Program Evaluation
3
A Conceptual Framework of Program
15
Applications of the Framework Presented in the Book
42
Selecting
45
Program Evaluation to Help Stakeholders
71
How Evaluators Assist Stakeholders
93
Evaluating Implementation
129
Assessing Implementation in
155
Program Monitoring and Outcome Evaluation
179
Efficacy
195
TheoryDriven Outcome Evaluation
231
Looking Forward
267
References
273
Index
281
About the Author
292
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Huey-Tsyh 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.

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