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Foundations of Program Evaluation : Theories of Practice - William R. Shadish, Jr.

Foundations of Program Evaluation

Theories of Practice

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Published: 1st March 1993
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Foundations of Program Evaluation heralds a thorough exploration of the field of program evaluation--looking back on its origins. By summarizing, comparing, and contrasting the work of seven major theorists of program evaluation, this book provides an important perspective on the current state of evaluation theory and provides suggestions for ways of improving its practice. Beginning in Chapter Two, the authors develop a conceptual framework to analyze how successfully each theory meets the specific criteria of its framework. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to the presentation of the theoretical and practical advice of a significant theorist--Michael Scriven, Donald Campbell, Carol Weiss, Joseph Wholey, Robert Stake, Lee Cronbach, and Peter Rossi.

Introduction
Social Program Evaluation
Its History, Tasks and Theory
Good Theory for Social Program Evaluation
Stage One Theories: Bringing Truth to Social Problem Solving
The Science of Valuing
Methodologist of the Experimenting Society
Stage Two Theories: Generating Alternatives Emphasizing Use and Pragmatism
Linking Evaluation to Policy Research
Evaluation for Program Improvement
Responsive Evaluation and Qualitative Methods
Stage Three Theories: Trying to Integrate the Past
Functional Evaluation Design for a World of Political Accommodation
Comprehensive, Tailored, Theory-Driven Evaluations - A Smorgasbord of Options
Conclusions
Summary and Implications for Evaluation Theory and Practice
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ISBN: 9780803953017
ISBN-10: 0803953011
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 1st March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.99  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.79