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Program Evaluation Theory and Practice

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Table of Contents

I. The Landscape of Evaluation1. Introduction to Evaluation: Defining Terms and Ethical Considerations2. Framing Evaluation: Paradigms, Branches, and TheoriesII. Historical and Contemporary Evaluation Paradigms, Branches, Theories, and Approaches3. The Postpositivist Paradigm and the Methods Branch4. The Pragmatic Paradigm and the Use Branch5. The Constructivist Paradigm and the Values Branch6. The Transformative Paradigm and the Social Justice BranchIII. Planning Evaluations7. Working with Stakeholders: Establishing the Context and the Evaluand8. Evaluation Purposes and Questions 9. Evaluation Designs 10. Data Collection Strategies and Indicators 11. Stakeholders, Participants, and Sampling12. Data Analysis and Interpretation IV. Implementation in Evaluation13. Communication and Utilization of Findings 14. Meta-Evaluation and Project Management 15. Perennial and Emerging Issues in EvaluationGlossary

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Donna M. Mertens and Amy T. Wilson, both at the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, USA


"This text provides a comprehensive, thorough presentation of program evaluation as an enterprise with a rich history, diverse perspectives, and widely varied applications. Among the best features of this text is the consistent use of well-conceived questions to transition readers' thinking between chapters and constantly challenge them to consider multiple perspectives. The text strikes a good balance between epistemological and theoretical understanding and practical applications." - Steven R. Rogg, Lesson Study Alliance, Illinois, USA "A refreshing feature of this text is its coverage of philosophical perspectives and their relationship to evaluation approaches. The book makes an important contribution in helping readers understand their own views of evaluation and how paradigms shape the evolution of evaluation theory. The organization of evaluation paradigms into four branches -- the methods, use, values, and social justice branches -- offers a useful analytic lens that accurately represents current directions in the field." - Linda B. Schrader, Florida State University, USA

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