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A Systematic Approach

Seventh Edition

October 2003 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Relied on by over 90,000 readers as the text on how to design, implement, and appraise the utility of social programs through the use of evaluation methods, Evaluation, 7th Edition has been completely revised to include the latest techniques and approaches to evaluation as well as guidelines for how evaluations should be tailored to fit programs and social contexts. Plus, throughout this new edition, there is more focus on evaluation diagnostic procedures.

New to this Edition:

- The four chapters on impact assessment have been completely revised to give more attention to outcome measurement

- An at-length discussion of program theory, including a section about detecting program effects and interpreting their practical significance.

- Augmented and updated discussion of major evaluation designs

- A detailed exposition of meta-analysis as an approach to the synthesis of evaluation studies

- Consideration of alternative approaches to evaluation

- Many examples of successful evaluations

- Discussion of the political and social contexts of evaluation activities.

In addition, the entire text has been edited to make it more compact and readable, and the key concepts and glossary sections have been restructured for ease of use.

About the Authors
1. An Overview of Program Evaluation
2. Tailoring Evaluations
3. Identifying Issues and Formulating Questions
4. Assessing the Need for a Program
5. Expressing and Assessing Program Theory
6. Assessing and Monitoring Program Process
7. Measuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes
8. Assessing Program Impact: Randomized Field Experiments
9. Assessing Program Impact: Alternative Designs
10. Detecting, Interpreting, and Analyzing Program Effects
11. Measuring Efficiency
12. The Social Context of Evaluation
Author Index
Subject Index

"What sets this book apart is the sheer comprehensiveness resulting from almost four decades of research and refinements though seven editions. It is suitable for use in teaching senior undergraduate and graduate students in a range of fields and disciplines as well as experienced evolution practitioners. It is also useful to those who are interested in resolving, or being able to understand and address theoretical and methodological issues that are inherent in any evaluation study."

Daniela C. Schroter, Western Michigan University
The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

Very helpful for beginners in evaluation.

Dr Yvonne Larrier
School Of Education, Indiana University-South Bend
April 21, 2015

This book was the best choice for the new class I am developing, Program Evaluation: Theory to Practice at my University.

Dr Jeff Kirk
Psychology & Counseling, Texas A & M University--Central Texas
November 1, 2014

Rossi and Lipsey book is a solid graduate level text. Yet, the lack of visuals (charts, tables, matrices, etc.) and more clearly marked organization within chapters does not match the needs of the students I teach.

Dr Walter Hightower
Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Brandman University
October 27, 2014


Dr Wayne Thompson
Soc Criminal Justice Dept, Texas A & M University - Commerce
September 25, 2013

a good and interesting book with a lot of good information for advanced students

Professor Armin Schneider
Social Work , Koblenz Univerity of Applied Sciences
January 10, 2013

a good and interesting book with essential knowledge about evaluation

Professor Armin Schneider
Social Work , Koblenz Univerity of Applied Sciences
January 10, 2013

I went with another book, Program Evaluation by McDavid and Howthorn bec the class was an accelerated on-line course.l

Dr Deborah Wright
Public Policy Admin Dept, Rutgers University
September 16, 2012

Very happy with the text

Dr Peter Gleason
School Of Public Health, Loma Linda University
July 19, 2012

It was the best textbook for my undergraduate course.

Dr Paul Madak
Psychology, Univ of Northern British Columbia
March 12, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch 1 An Overview of Program Evaluation

Peter Henry Rossi

Mark W. Lipsey

Howard E. Freeman

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