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Foundations of Program Evaluation
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Foundations of Program Evaluation
Theories of Practice



November 1990 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Social Program Evaluation
Its History, Tasks and Theory  
 
Good Theory for Social Program Evaluation
 
PART TWO: STAGE ONE THEORIES: BRINGING TRUTH TO SOCIAL PROBLEM SOLVING
 
Michael S Scriven
The Science of Valuing  
 
Donald T Campbell
Methodologist of the Experimenting Society  
 
PART THREE: STAGE TWO THEORIES: GENERATING ALTERNATIVES EMPHASIZING USE AND PRAGMATISM
 
Carol H Weiss
Linking Evaluation to Policy Research  
 
Joseph S Wholey
Evaluation for Program Improvement  
 
Robert E Stake
Responsive Evaluation and Qualitative Methods  
 
PART FOUR: STAGE THREE THEORIES: TRYING TO INTEGRATE THE PAST
 
Lee J Cronbach
Functional Evaluation Design for a World of Political Accommodation  
 
Peter H Rossi
Comprehensive, Tailored, Theory-Driven Evaluations - A Smorgasbord of Options  
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUSIONS
 
Summary and Implications for Evaluation Theory and Practice

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ISBN: 9780803953017
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