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.

Cultural Policies in Europe

Method and Practice of Evaluation
Author: Mario D'Angelo,Paul Vespérini
Publisher: Council of Europe
ISBN: 9789287137593
Category: Europe
Page: 205
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Examination of the new need for evaluation of public cultural policies and presentation of the methodological body of this evaluation and of its practice, notably in the work of the Council of Europe. A big part of the book consists of extracts from Council of Europe studies and reports.

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.

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.

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.

Evaluating Health Promotion

Practice and Methods
Author: Margaret Thorogood,Yolande Coombes
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198528807
Category: Medical
Page: 186
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This practical guide for practitioners of health promotion and public health describes methods by which health promotion can be evaluated. With examples given, it should help practitioners design and implement appropriate and informative evaluations

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.

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.

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.

The SAGE Handbook of Evaluation


Author: Ian Shaw,Jennifer C Greene,Melvin M Mark
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446207005
Category: Social Science
Page: 632
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'This handbook thoroughly covers all aspects of evaluation, yet isn't too technical to understand. It offers everything an organization needs to know to get the most out of evaluation' - Nonprofit World `The Handbook succeeds in capturing and presenting evaluation's extensive knowledge base within a global context. In so doing it provides a useful, coherent and definitive benchmark on the field's diverse and dynamic purposes, practices, theories, approaches, issues, and challenges for the 21st century. The Handbook is an essential reference and map for any serious evaluation practitioner, scholar and student anywhere in the world' - Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation `Readers of this volume will find a set of texts that provide an evocative overview of contemporary thinking in the world of evaluation. This is not a book of simple tips. It does justice to the complex realities of evaluation practice by bringing together some of the best practitioners in the world to reflect on its current state. It is theoretically sophisticated yet eminently readable, anchored in evaluation as it is undertaken in a variety of domains. It is the kind of book that startles a little and makes you think. I highly recommend it' - Murray Saunders, University of Lancaster 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 organised in four coherent sections: " Role and Purpose of Evaluation in Society; " Evaluation as a Social Practice; " The Practice of Evaluation; " Domains of Evaluation Practice. The Handbook of Evaluation is written for practicing evaluators, academics, advanced postgraduate students and evaluation clients and offers a definitive, benchmark statement on evaluation theory and practice for the first decades of the 21st century.

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.

Foundations of Program Evaluation

Theories of Practice
Author: William R. Shadish,Thomas D. Cook,Laura C. Leviton
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780803953017
Category: Social Science
Page: 529
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Now in paperback, this volume summarizes, compares and contrasts the work of seven major theorists of programme evaluation. The authors develop a conceptual framework against which specific criteria of certain theories can be tested. They present the theoretical and practical advice of the theorists and critiques of their work. The conclusion summarizes the areas of agreement and disagreement between these influential theorists and offers directions for a new theory of programme evaluation.

Experiences of Special Education

Re-evaluating Policy and Practice Through Life Stories
Author: Derrick Armstrong
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415266154
Category: Education
Page: 148
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Discussion about educational provision for children with learning difficulties has largely ignored the voices of those for whom that provision is intended.Experiences of Special Educationargues that these 'insider perspectives' are of central importance for a fuller understanding of special educational needs policy. Bringing a unique focus to the subject of special needs education, Derrick Armstrong reassesses the history of special educational policy through the life-stories of those who have first-hand experience. These stories contest official policy discourses and inform an understanding of the competing political and professional debates in this area, allowing the reader to: * Investigate the social and historical contexts of special educational needs policy * Challenge traditional notions of policy research * Explore alternative policy discourses informed by the voices of the excluded. This thought-provoking book is based on detailed case-study analysis of the experiences of over thirty adults who attended special institutions/schools between 1994 and the present. It provides a fresh perspective on current discussions of special educational provisions for teachers, student teachers, policy makers and academics, involved in special education.

Carrots, Sticks and Sermons

Policy Instruments and Their Evaluation
Author: John McCormick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351530011
Category: Political Science
Page: 280
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The literature on policy strategies, instruments, and styles is impressive. Still, a complex variety of theoretical and conceptual approaches and analytical tools hamper a good overview. Carrots, Sticks, and Sermons proposes such a framework for the field and clearly shows how public policy instruments are classified, packaged, and chosen, while highlighting the role evaluation plays in the instruments-choice process.Carrots, Sticks, and Sermons offers a comprehensive analysis of categories and typologies of policy instruments. It classifies sticks, carrots, and sermons - or, more specifically, regulation, economic means, and information. Readers are offered a comparative perspective of evaluation practice in foreign contexts. Special attention is paid to the examples of Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Canada, the United States, and the Republic of Korea. As such, this volume crosses language barriers that stand in the way of dispersing research results among the international community of theoreticians and practitioners. As nations become increasingly interdependent, problems of implementation and evaluation of policy choices will become issues of increasing gravity.Carrots, Sticks, and Sermons provides insights into the traditional and current practice of policy and program evaluation in various contexts. The book's theory of comparative public policy will produce understanding and guidance in designing better policies. It will be of wide interest to those in the fields of public policy, particularly policy design, policy implementation, policy evaluation, comparative politics, and economics.