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Evaluability Assessment

Evaluability Assessment
Improving Evaluation Quality and Use

August 2014 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Evaluability assessment (EA) can lead to development of sound program theory, increased stakeholder involvement and empowerment, better understanding of program culture and context, enhanced collaboration and communication, process and findings use, and organizational learning and evaluation capacity building. This book provides an up-to-date treatment of EA, clarifies what it actually is and how it can be used, demonstrates EA as an approach to evaluative inquiry with multidisciplinary and global appeal, and identifies and describes the purposes and benefits to using EA. Using case examples contributed by EA practitioners, the text illustrates important features of EA use, and showcases how EA is used in a variety of disciplines and evaluation contexts. This text is appropriate as an instructional text for graduate level evaluation courses and training, and as a resource for evaluation practitioners, policymakers, funding agencies, and professional training.

1. The Evaluability Assessment Story
2. Evaluability Assessment and Program Evaluation
3. Introducing Our Evaluability Assessment Model
4. Focusing the Evaluability Assessment
5. Developing an Initial Program Theory
6. Gathering Feedback on Program Theory
7. Using the Evaluability Assessment
8. Additional Considerations

The most impressive aspect of this book is that it positions EA as an approach that perfectly fits within the current philosophical views on program evaluation…. The authors do a great job connecting these theories to practice, and provide good guidelines.

Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez
University of Florida

This book is focused on one very important topic in the scope of program evaluation content.  It establishes the foundation for a variety of applications: impact assessment, program development, and formative evaluation. This text provides new insights and methods for conducting evaluability assessment.

S. Kim MacGregor
Louisiana State University

The book is written in a very readable style, is well organized and referenced. I like the inclusion of case studies, guidelines for actually doing EA, and the extensive discussion of its alignment with other models of evaluation process.

Iris Smith
Emory University

One of the strengths of the book is that it provides a much needed new take on EA... Trevisan and Walser do a credible job in describing the resurgence of EA in recent years and its purposes beyond being simply an evaluator's first step before embarking on an evaluation.

Sandra Sellick, Ed.D.
Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

Students feel comfortable with the book.

Professor Glorimar Caraballo
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico
April 23, 2015

This book is the most complete and up-to-date reference manual on Evaluability Assessment. It is well written, easy to use as a methodological tool for students (and evaluators) and full of case examples.

Dr Marc Johnson
Education Faculty, Ottawa University-Ottawa
September 19, 2014

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Michael S. Trevisan

Dr. Mike Trevisan is the dean of the College of Education and professor of educational psychology at Washington State University, where he has worked for 26 years. Dr. Trevisan has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on many grants and contracts that require evaluation and has obtained more than $8 million in external funding. Dr. Trevisan is widely published in the field of evaluation and is often tapped as a consultant in the planning, development, and implementation of evaluations at both the local and national levels. He has provided evaluation workshops to K-12 school districts, state agencies, universities,... More About Author

Tamara M. Walser

Dr. Tamara Walser has worked in the evaluation field for more than 25 years. She is a professor in the department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she coordinates the Evaluation and Organizational Learning M.S. degree and Evaluation post-baccalaureate certificate program; she teaches courses in evaluation, inquiry methods, and academic writing. Dr. Walser previously worked as an evaluator in non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, Project Manager, Lead Evaluator, and as an Advisory Group member on numerous grants and... More About Author

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