Evaluation policy and evaluation practice


Author: American Evaluation Association
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 115
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This issue of New Directions for Evaluation addresses the topic of evaluation policy, especially how it is informed by and affects evaluation practice. An evaluation policy is any rule or principle that a group or organization uses to guide its decisions and actions when doing evaluation. Every group and organization that engages in evaluation, including government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations, has evaluation policies. Sometimes they are formal, explicit, and written; at other times they are more implicit and ad hoc principles or norms that have simply evolved over time. Evaluation policy is a critically important issue for the field and profession of evaluation. Evaluation policies profoundly affect the day-to-day work of all evaluators. Many recent and current controversies or conflicts in the field of evaluation can be viewed, at least in part, as struggles around evaluation policy. The chapters in this issue consider evaluation policy in its many and varied settings and contexts, including extensive treatment of large-scale national evaluation policy both in the United States and in Europe. The issue brings together revised and extended versions of all of the key addresses in the presidential strand of the 2008 American Evaluation Association conference, including the presidential address, plenary speeches, and expert lectures. This is the 123rd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly thematic journal New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association. The journal publishes empirical, methodological, and theoretical works on all aspects of evaluation. Each issue is devoted to a single topic, with contributions solicited, organized, reviewed, and edited by a guest editor or editors. Issues may take any of several forms, such as a series of related chapters, a debate, or a long article followed by brief critical commentaries

Evaluation in Public-sector Reform

Concepts and Practice in International Perspective
Author: Hellmut Wollmann
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781781957325
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 269
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Articles from internationally renowned scholars highlighting the connections between public-sector reform and evaluation.

What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice?


Author: Stewart I. Donaldson,Christina A. Christie,Melvin M. Mark
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412957079
Category: Social Science
Page: 265
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What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation thoroughly covers one of the most fundamental issues facing applied research and evaluation practice today - what counts as sound evidence for decision making? An internationally renowned line up of authors explore a wide range of issues that address the fundamental challenges of designing and executing high quality applied research and evaluation studies. Readers will come away from this volume with a new and clear understanding of the philosophical, theoretical, methodological, political, and ethical dimensions of gathering credible evidence to answer fundamental research and evaluation questions across diverse disciplinary boundaries and "real world" contexts.

Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation

Theory and Practice
Author: Annette Gardner,Claire Brindis
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 1503602338
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
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This is the first book-length treatment of the concepts, designs, methods, and tools needed to conduct effective advocacy and policy change evaluations. By integrating insights from different disciplines, Part I provides a conceptual foundation for navigating advocacy tactics within today's turbulent policy landscape. Part II offers recommendations for developing appropriate evaluation designs and working with unique advocacy and policy change–oriented instruments. Part III turns toward opportunities and challenges in this growing field. In addition to describing actual designs and measures, the chapters includes suggestions for addressing the specific challenges of working in a policy setting, such as a long time horizon for achieving meaningful change. To illuminate and advance this area of evaluation practice, the authors draw on over 30 years of evaluation experience; collective wisdom based on a new, large-scale survey of evaluators in the field; and in-depth case studies on diverse issues—from the environment, to public health, to human rights. Ideal for evaluators, change makers, and funders, this book is the definitive guide to advocacy and policy change evaluation.

Using Theory to Improve Program and Policy Evaluations


Author: Huey-tsyh Chen,Peter Henry Rossi
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 278
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This book reveals the importance of theory in program evaluation and analyzes the nature and implications of theory-driven evaluations. Covered are: functions of program theory, strategies for formulating theory, cost and resource constraints, different types of theory-driven evaluations, and their future implications.

Evaluationsforschung

Grundlagen und ausgewählte Forschungsfelder
Author: Reinhard Stockmann
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322922294
Category: Social Science
Page: 414
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Evaluation in Deutschland bietet ein sehr vielfältiges und buntes Bild. In vielen Politikfeldern wird aus den verschiedensten Motiven und Gründen und mit den unterschiedlichsten Ansätzen und Methoden evaluiert. Dennoch wird der Erfolg und die Wirksamkeit der weit überwiegenden Mehrzahl von politi schen und sozialen Interventionsprogrammen überhaupt nicht eruiert. Wie derholt hat der Bundesrechnungshof festgestellt, daß in Deutschland nur sel ten Erfolgskontrollen durchgeführt werden, daß in fast allen Ressorts dafür die Voraussetzungen fehlen und daß in den wenigen durchgeführten Evalua tionen oft die vorhandenen methodischen Möglichkeiten zur Ermittlung von Erfolg und Wirksamkeit nicht ausgeschöpft werden. So bunt wie das Bild der Evaluation ist auch die Gilde derer, die Evalua tionen durchführen. Im Unterschied zur USA konnte sich in Deutschland bis her keine sozialwissenschaftliche Evaluationsdisziplin durchsetzen. Die Evaluationsforschung in Deutschland ist fachlich zersplittert. weist nur eine geringe interdisziplinäre Kommunikation und Zusammenarbeit auf und ist noch immer mit dem Makel anwendungsbezogener Auftragsforschung be haftet, deren Wissenschaftlichkeit teilweise bestritten wird. Allerdings lassen sich erste Professionalisierungserfolge erkennen. Im September 1997 wurde die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Evaluation gegründet. die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht hat. das Verständnis, die Akzeptanz und die Nutzbarmachung von Evaluation in der Gesellschaft zu fördern, Prinzipien und Qualitätsstandards für Evaluationen zu entwickeln und den interdiszipli nären Austausch zu unterstützen. Auch ist eine vermehrte Zahl von Fachpu blikationen und ein verstärktes Interesse an Aus- und Weiterbildungsange boten zu beobachten.

Interactive Evaluation Practice

Mastering the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation
Author: Jean A. King,Laurie Stevahn
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483313735
Category: Social Science
Page: 456
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You've taken your introduction to evaluation course and are about to do your first evaluation project. Where do you begin? Interactive Evaluation Practice: Managing the Interpersonal Dynamics of Program Evaluation helps bridge the gap between the theory of evaluation and its practice, giving students the specific skills they need to use in different evaluation settings. Jean A. King and Laurie Stevahn present readers with three organizing frameworks (derived from social interdependence theory from social psychology, evaluation use research, and the evaluation capacity building literature) for thinking about evaluation practice. These frameworks help readers track the various skills or strategies to use for distinctive evaluation situations. In addition, the authors provide explicit advice about how to solve specific evaluation problems. Numerous examples throughout the text bring interactive practice to life in a variety of settings.

Education Research and Evaluation: For Policy and Practice?


Author: Robert G. Burgess
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135395780
Category: Education
Page: 200
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Much has been written on the styles, strategies and tactics associated with educational research and evaluation, but relatively little on the social processes associated with the methodology. Few books consider the relationship of research and evaluation to policy and practice and this book opens up key debates in that field. It identifies, through contributions from the USA and Britain, some of the major processes involved, examines the problems of conducting research and evaluation and the ways in which they can be overcome, and details case studies in which problems and processes are encountered.; Probably of worldwide interest to students, researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners, the authors present an examination of a range of different dimensions associated with educational research and evaluation conducted for policy and practice.

The SAGE International Handbook of Educational Evaluation


Author: Katherine Ryan,J. Bradley Cousins
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412940680
Category: Social Science
Page: 587
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The Handbook of Educational Evaluation brings together the experience of top evaluation leaders around the world to present and discuss the core methods and applications of educational evaluation.

Evaluation for the real world

The impact of evidence in policy making
Author: Palfrey, Colin,Thomas, Paul
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 144730845X
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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Evaluation research findings should be a key element of the policy-making process, yet in reality they are often disregarded. This valuable book examines the development of evaluation and its impact on public policy by analysing evaluation frameworks and criteria which are available when evaluating public policies and services. It further examines the nature of evidence and its use and non-use by decision-makers and assesses the work of influential academics in the USA and UK in the context of evaluation and policy making. The book emphasises the 'real world' of decision-makers in the public sector and recognises how political demands and economic pressures can affect the decisions of those who commission evaluation research while providing recommendations for policymakers on adopting a different approach to evaluation. This is essential reading for under-graduate and post-graduate students of policy analysis and public sector management, and those who are involved in the planning and evaluation of public policies and services.

Sustainable development in Europe


Author: Uwe Schubert
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1781007586
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 340
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Evaluating sustainable development is becoming increasingly important in policy making, evaluation practice and the scientific world in general. However, at present, there is neither a generally accepted set of measures and evaluation methods, nor specific standards to be met. Sustainable Development in Europe addresses these issues and presents an important and concise analysis of state-of-the-art sustainable development evaluation policies, programmes and projects currently at work in Europe.

Evaluating the Impact of Implementing Evidence-Based Practice


Author: Debra Bick,Ian D. Graham
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405183845
Category: Medical
Page: 208
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"'Evaluating the impact of implementing Evidence-Based Practice' is the third of three books on implementing evidence based practice in the Evidence-based nursing series published jointly by Blackwell Publishing and Sigma Theta Tau International. 'Evaluation and outcome measures for evidence-based practice' addresses the means to rigorously identify, evaluate and assess the outcomes of implementation of evidence into practice. 'Evaluating the impact of implementing Evidence-Based Practice' provides practical and effective guidance on how to assess whether implementation was effective, the full range of issues to be considered when measuring the impact of implementation and the range of approaches which could be used. It stresses the importance of ensuring the long-term sustainability of improvements in care and of measuring the use of interventions and innovations, in order to effectively evaluate the impact on outcomes and. It examines the impact of implementation on economic outcomes and the outcomes of importance to different groups including service users, clinicians, managers and policy makers. The approaches outlined in each chapter are transferable across a range of international, professional and healthcare settings"--Provided by publisher.

Reconceptualising Evaluation In Higher Education: The Practice Turn

The Practice Turn
Author: Saunders, Murray,Trowler, Paul,Bamber, Veronica
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335241611
Category: Education
Page: 247
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This book evaluates the impact of projects to improve teaching and learning in Higher Education, focusing on evaluative practice.

Impact Evaluation in Practice, Second Edition


Author: Paul J. Gertler,Sebastian Martinez,Patrick Premand,Laura B. Rawlings,Christel M. J. Vermeersch
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 1464807809
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 364
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The second edition of the Impact Evaluation in Practice handbook is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to impact evaluation for policy makers and development practitioners. First published in 2011, it has been used widely across the development and academic communities. The book incorporates real-world examples to present practical guidelines for designing and implementing impact evaluations. Readers will gain an understanding of impact evaluations and the best ways to use them to design evidence-based policies and programs. The updated version covers the newest techniques for evaluating programs and includes state-of-the-art implementation advice, as well as an expanded set of examples and case studies that draw on recent development challenges. It also includes new material on research ethics and partnerships to conduct impact evaluation. The handbook is divided into four sections: Part One discusses what to evaluate and why; Part Two presents the main impact evaluation methods; Part Three addresses how to manage impact evaluations; Part Four reviews impact evaluation sampling and data collection. Case studies illustrate different applications of impact evaluations. The book links to complementary instructional material available online, including an applied case as well as questions and answers. The updated second edition will be a valuable resource for the international development community, universities, and policy makers looking to build better evidence around what works in development.

Public Policy and Program Evaluation


Author: E. Vedung
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412832427
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
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Evaluation is the process of distinguishing the worthwhile from the worthless, the precious from the useless: evaluation implies looking backward in order to be able to steer forward better. Written from a political science perspective, Public Policy and Program Evaluation provides an overview of the possibilities and limits of public sector evaluation.

Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks


Author: Anne Markiewicz,Ian Patrick
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483358348
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
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Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks is a practical book that provides clear, step-by-step guidance on how to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework in a participatory, logical, systematic, and integrated way. Authors Anne Markiewicz and Ian Patrick outline the key stages and steps involved, including: scoping the framework; identifying planned results; using program theory and program logic; developing evaluation questions; identifying processes for ongoing data collection and analysis; determining means to promote learning; reporting; and dissemination of results. A final chapter focuses on planning for implementation of the framework, with reference to the broader program and organizational context. The authors draw on their extensive experience in developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to provide examples of good practice that inform organizational learning and decision making, while offering tips and guidelines that can be used to address common pitfalls.

Evaluating R&D Impacts: Methods and Practice


Author: Barry Bozeman,Julia Melkers
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780792393252
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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A critical issue in research and development (R&D) management is the structure and use of evaluative efforts for R&D programs. The book introduces the different methods that may be used in R&D evaluation and then illustrates these methods by describing actual evaluation in practice using those methods. The book is divided into two sections. The first section provides an introduction and details on several popular methodologies used in the evaluation of research and development activities. The second half of the book focuses on evaluation in practice and is comprised of several chapters offering the perspectives of individuals in different types of organizations. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography of selected R&D evaluation literature, focusing on post-1985 literature, on research evaluation.

Context: A Framework for Its Influence on Evaluation Practice

New Directions for Evaluation, Number 135
Author: Debra J. Rog,Jody L. Fitzpatrick,Ross F. Conner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118465059
Category: Education
Page: 120
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Context is a force in evaluation. It shapes our practice, influencing how we approach and design our studies, how we carry them out, and how we report our findings. Context also moderates and mediates the outcomes of the programs and policies we evaluate. This issue focuses squarely on the role that context plays in practice and illuminates its effect on the implementation and outcomes of programs. Exploring the ways in which attending to context may improve the quality of evaluation practice, the contributions span theory, methods, and practice in an effort to move to a more comprehensive conceptualization of context that can guide our work. It: Provides an historical and theoretical view of evaluators’ treatment of context Illustrates how context has influenced evaluation practice Presents a five-area framework for guiding a contextual analysis of evaluations Introduces “context assessment,” which provides a means of integrating context and its implications within the important stages of evaluation. This is the 135th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.

Educational Research and Evaluation

For Policy and Practice?
Author: Robert G. Burgess
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780750701891
Category: Education
Page: 187
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Few books consider the relationship of research and evaluation to policy and practice but this book opens up debates in that field. It examines the major processes, the problems of conducting research and looks at how they can be overcome.

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

An Introduction to Practice
Author: James C. McDavid,Irene Huse,Laura R. L. Hawthorn
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 145228959X
Category: Social Science
Page: 560
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Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement: An Introduction to Practice, Second Edition offers an accessible, practical introduction to program evaluation and performance measurement for public and non-profit organizations, and has been extensively updated since the first edition. Using examples, it covers topics in a detailed fashion, making it a useful guide for students as well as practitioners who are participating in program evaluations or constructing and implementing performance measurement systems. Authors James C. McDavid, Irene Huse, and Laura R. L. Hawthorn guide readers through conducting quantitative and qualitative program evaluations, needs assessments, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as constructing, implementing and using performance measurement systems. The importance of professional judgment is highlighted throughout the book as an intrinsic feature of evaluation practice.