Program Evaluation: Alternative Approaches and Practical Guidelines, 5th edition

  • Jody L. Fitzpatrick, 
  • James R. Sanders, 
  • Blaine R. Worthen, 
  • Lori A. Wingate

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Program Evaluation provides a comprehensive overview of program evaluation. Designed for students and new professionals, coverage walks you through the entire process, from identifying questions that the evaluation should address, to determining how to collect and analyze evaluative information, to ascertaining how to provide evaluative information to others. Effective approaches and models are explored, as well as guidance on how to mix and match elements of different approaches to conduct optimal evaluation studies for individual programs. Checklists, examples and study aids help reinforce how to effectively determine the central purpose of an evaluation, leading to more valid, useful and efficient evaluation.

The 5th Edition includes new real-world case studies and a new chapter on the professional standards, principles, and competencies you need for your career as an evaluator.

Published by Pearson (June 28th 2022) - Copyright © 2023

ISBN-13: 9780137547722

Subject: Educational Leadership

Category: Program Evaluation


PART 1: Introduction to Evaluation

  1. Introduction to Program Evaluation
  2. Origins and Development of Program Evaluation as a Discipline and Profession
  3. Tenets of Professional Program Evaluation

PART 2: Approaches to Program Evaluation

  1. Diverse Approaches to Program Evaluation
  2. Judgment-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  3. Program-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  4. Decision-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  5. Participation-Oriented Evaluation Approaches
  6. A Comparative Analysis of Approaches

PART 3: Practical Guidelines for Planning Evaluations

  1. Political, Ethical, and Cultural Issues in Evaluation
  2. Clarifying the Evaluation Request and Responsibilities
  3. Setting Boundaries and Analyzing an Evaluation’s Context
  4. Identifying and Selecting Evaluation Questions and Criteria
  5. Planning How to Conduct an Evaluation

PART 4: Practical Guidelines for Conducting Evaluations

  1. Options for Study Design, Sampling, and Cost Analyses
  2. Collecting and Making Sense of Evaluative Information: Data Sources and Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation
  3. Reporting Evaluation Results: Maximizing Use and Understanding
  4. The Future of Evaluation

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