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.

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.

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.

Reconceptualising Evaluation in Higher Education

The Practice Turn
Author: N.A
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 033524162X
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.

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.

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.

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.

Evaluating Agri-environmental Policies Design, Practice and Results

Design, Practice and Results
Author: OECD
Publisher: OECD Publishing
ISBN: 9264010114
Category:
Page: 410
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This workshop proceedings examines evaluation of agri-environmental policies to see how effective policies have been and what policy makers have learned.

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.

The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation


Author: Ian Shaw,Ian Graham Ronald Shaw,Jennifer C Greene,Melvin M Mark
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446270556
Category: Social Science
Page: 632
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In this comprehensive handbook, an examination of the complexities of contemporary evaluation contributes to the ongoing dialogue that arises in professional efforts to evaluate people-related programs, policies, and practices. The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation is a unique and authoritative resource consisting of 25 chapters covering a range of evaluation theories and techniques in a single, accessible volume. With contributions from world-leading figures in their fields overseen by an eminent international editorial board, this handbook is an extensive and user-friendly resource.

Innovation Policy

A Guide for Developing Countries
Author: World Bank
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 9780821383018
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 432
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This volume offers a detailed conceptual framework for understanding and learning about technology innovation policies and programs, and their implementation in the context of different countries.

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.

Social Psychology and Evaluation


Author: Melvin M. Mark,Stewart I. Donaldson,Bernadette Campbell
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1609182154
Category: Psychology
Page: 420
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This compelling work brings together leading social psychologists and evaluators to explore the intersection of these two fields and how their theory, practices, and research findings can enhance each other. An ideal professional reference or student text, the book examines how social psychological knowledge can serve as the basis for theory-driven evaluation; facilitate more effective partnerships with stakeholders and policymakers; and help evaluators ask more effective questions about behavior. Also identified are ways in which real-world evaluation findings can identify gaps in social psychological theory and test and improve the validity of social psychological findings--for example, in the areas of cooperation, competition, and intergroup relations. The volume includes a useful glossary of both fields' terms and offers practical suggestions for fostering cross-fertilization in research, graduate training, and employment opportunities. Each chapter features introductory and concluding comments from the editors.

International Handbook of English Language Teaching


Author: Jim Cummins,Chris Davison
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387463011
Category: Education
Page: 1201
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This two volume handbook provides a comprehensive examination of policy, practice, research and theory related to English Language Teaching in international contexts. More than 70 chapters highlight the research foundation for best practices, frameworks for policy decisions, and areas of consensus and controversy in second language acquisition and pedagogy. The Handbook provides a unique resource for policy makers, educational administrators, and researchers concerned with meeting the increasing demand for effective English language teaching. It offers a strongly socio-cultural view of language learning and teaching. It is comprehensive and global in perspective with a range of fresh new voices in English language teaching research.

Bulgarian Integration Into Europe and NATO

Issues of Science Policy and Research Evaluation Practice
Author: Robert D. Crangle
Publisher: IOS Press
ISBN: 1586035983
Category: Social Science
Page: 161
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" In 2004 the Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria, in partnership with Rose & Crangle, Ltd in the United States, submitted an Advanced Research Workshop proposal to NATO for the express purpose of exploring how the Bulgarian research, development and policy communities could more closely integrate their science policy and research evaluation practices with those of other European and NATO countries. How do various nations evaluate research and development projects? How do they evaluate the effectiveness of the institutions which sponsor or conduct such projects? How do they set priorities for their science and technology efforts and institutions? From a historical perspective, how have these developments occurred? What methods are countries planning to use to guide their future scientific growth? "

Health Care Policy and Practice

A Biopsychosocial Perspective
Author: Cynthia D. Moniz,Stephen H. Gorin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317938275
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
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In Health Care Policy and Practice: A Biopsychosocial Perspective, Moniz and Gorin have updated their text to incorporate health care reform. The authors have also restructured the book to guide students through the development of the American health care system: what it is, what the policies are, and how students can influence them. The first section focuses on recent history and reforms during the Obama Administration to describe the health care system; section two examines the system’s structure and policies; and the third section explores policy analysis and advocacy, and disparities in health based on demographics and inequities in access to care. It concludes with a discussion of the impact of social factors on health and health status. The new edition incorporates the CSWE EPAS competencies; it is for social work courses in health care, health care policy, and health and mental health care policy.