The Costs of Evaluation

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Marvin C. Alkin, Lewis C. Solmon
SAGE Publications, 1983 - Social Science - 199 pages
With programme budgets being cut, new questions about evaluation are being asked. Is evaluation worth what it costs? This book tackles the problems involved in determining the cost-effectiveness of evaluation. In Part One, an economist, a philosopher, and a policy analyst provide the theoretical underpinnings for the discussion of determining the costs and the impact of evaluation. Part Two focuses on the practical procedures for estimating and measuring these costs and benefits. Part Three more specifically deals with the problems of weighing costs against benefits. Here the question becomes: what kind of benefits, to whom, are we trying to measure? And whose costs are we weighing them against?

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Marvin C. Alkin is Emeritus Professor in the Social Research Methodology Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a member of the UCLA faculty since 1964 and has, at various times, served as Chair of the Education Department and Associate Dean of the school. Dr. Alkin was one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Evaluation and was its Director for 7 years. Dr. Alkin is a leading authority in the field of evaluation. He has published important research studies on the use of evaluation information in decision making and on comparative evaluation theory. His publications include five books on evaluation and more than 150 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. His books include Using Evaluations (with Peter White and Richard Daillak), Debates on Evaluation, Evaluation Roots (1st and 2nd editions), and the four-volume Encyclopedia of Educational Research (6th edition). Dr. Alkin is currently co-section Editor of the American Journal of Evaluation. He previously had been Editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He has also been a consultant to numerous national governments and has directed program evaluations in 14 different countries.

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