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A Practical Guide to Outcome Evaluation
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Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Why Should I Want to Evaluate? 2. Why Is Outcome Evaluation So Crucial? 3. Identifying Outcomes. 4. So How Do I Start and What Do I Need to Think About? 5. Thinking about Ethics. 6. What Do I Need to Know to Answer the Key Evaluation Questions? 7. How Do I Get that Information? 8. Evaluation Tools and How to Use Them Effectively. 9. Analysing and Presenting Your Findings. 10. The Pros and Cons Of the Outcome Focus. Conclusion. Appendix A. Examples and Checklists to Help You. Appendix B. Useful Websites. Glossary. References. Index.

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A 'how to' guide to evaluating your project to improve funding applications and building the case for your project's survival

About the Author

Liz Hoggarth formerly worked as a senior manager of local authority youth, community and play services and latterly as a senior research fellow of the Youth Affairs Unit at De Montfort University, Leicester. Hilary Comfort is an associate lecturer at De Montfort University and the Open University and teaches Higher Education at Leicester College. Liz and Hilary have been heavily involved in writing and training on outcomes evaluation, especially for those working with children and young people in statutory and third sector organisations.

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This book is groundbreaking: it contains twenty or thirty short rough example descriptions from various fields of social work or child welfare, and makes tangible what it means to impement outcome evaluation. -- The Socialnet Internet Review Service
Liz Hoggarth and Hilary Comfort provide a convincing argument for why those working with children and young people should measure outcomes... As the authors argue, evaluating outcomes isn't a paper exercise - it is about improving services and shaping a better quality of life for the young. This is a well-written and valuable handbook that all practitioners and managers in the youth sector should keep by their side. -- Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency.
One cannot underestimate the importance of demonstrating how we evaluate services and the need for everyone involved to develop and acquire knowledge and skills in this area. This is a timely and much welcomed text which is both accessible and provides an in-depth knowledge of the topic. It will certainly be on the reading list for all my students, particularly leaders and managers in care services and comes highly recommended. -- Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Senior Lecturer Mental Health and Social Work, Middlesex University and management mentor.

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