The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation

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Ian Shaw, Ian Graham Ronald Shaw, Jennifer C Greene, Melvin M Mark
SAGE, Jul 27, 2006 - Social Science - 632 pages
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This text is a unique and authoritative resource consisting of 25 chapters covering a range of evaluation theories and techniques in a single, accessible volume.

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The evaluation of policies programs and practices
Role and purpose of evaluation in society
Chapter 1 The purposes of evaluation in a democratic society
Developing practical knowledge
Chapter 3 Evaluation for practice improvement and organizational learning
Chapter 4 Evaluation and the study of lived experience
Chapter 5 Evaluation democracy and social change
Chapter 6 Evaluation after disenchantment? Five issues shaping the role of evaluation in society
Chapter 14 Methods for policymaking and knowledge development evaluations
Chapter 15 Embedding improvements lived experience and social justice in evaluation practice
Chapter 16 Managing evaluations
Chapter 17 Communicating Evaluation
Chapter 18 On discerning quality in evaluation
Challenges and new directions
Domains of evaluation practice
Chapter 20 Evaluation in education

Evaluation as a social practice
Chapter 7 Government as structural context for evaluation
Chapter 8 The social relations of evaluation
Chapter 9 Intellectual contexts
Chapter 10 The relationship between evaluation and politics
Chapter 11 Ethics in evaluation
Current issues and trends
Chapter 13 Contextual challenges for evaluation practice
The practice of evaluation
Reflections on practice
Chapter 22 Social work and the human services
Chapter 23 Evaluation in criminal justice
Chapter 24 Evaluation of development interventions and humanitarian action
Similarities differences and challenges
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2006)

I arrived in York (England) as Professor of Social Work in the Spring of 2003, following a long career in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University (Wales). I presently hold positions at the University of York and the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Aalborg University, Denmark.

I have written and researched extensively. My next book, body and soul permitting, will be Social Work and Science for Columbia University Press, followed by a four-volume ‘Major Work’ for Sage Publications on Social Work Research, with Jeanne Marsh and Mark Hardy. I am involved, alone or with others, at various stages of four research projects: an extended historical project on the relationship of sociology and social work, partly through the Special Collections at the University of Chicago; a historical study of the British Journal of Social Work; a study of the nature of research networks in social work; and a systematic review of practitioner research in adult social care. I hope to develop the notion of ‘sociological social work’ to the point where I will write a further book.

I co-founded the journal Qualitative Social Work. I envisioned and led to fruition in 2011 the European Conference for Social Work Research, and have worked with others to consolidate that initiative through a new European Social Work Research 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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