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Embedding Evaluation into Program Design and Development

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January 2020 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Program Evaluation: Embedding Evaluation into Program Design and Development provides an in-depth examination of the foundations, methods, and relevant issues in the field of evaluation. With an emphasis on an embedded approach, where evaluation is an explicit part of a program that leads to the refinement of the program, students will learn how to conduct effective evaluations that foster continual improvement and enable data-based decision making. This text provides students with both the theoretical understanding and the practical tools to conduct effective evaluations while being rigorous enough for experienced evaluators looking to expand their approach to evaluation. 

 
Part I: Introduction
 
Chapter 1. Evaluation Matters
What is Evaluation?

 
Why Evaluate

 
Values and Standards in Evaluation

 
Types of Evaluation

 
Internal and External Evaluation

 
Embedding Evaluation into Programs

 
Textbook Organization

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 2. History of Evaluation
The Evolution of Evaluation

 
History of Ethics in Research and Evaluation

 
Current Issues in Evaluation

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 3. Evaluation Ethics
Ethics Defined

 
Research Ethics Guidelines and Legislation

 
IRB Protocols and Amendments

 
Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations

 
Ethical Responsibilities of Evaluators

 
Additional Considerations

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 4: Evaluation Approaches
Inquiry and Ideology

 
Evaluation Ideology

 
Evaluation Design

 
Evaluation Approach

 
Embedded Evaluation

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Part II: Embedded Evaluation - Design
 
Chapter 5. DEFINE Part 1 – Understanding the Program
Embedded Evaluation

 
Understanding the Program

 
Delineating Goals and Strategies

 
Explaining the Program Theory

 
Determining Contextual Conditions

 
Program Theory and Other Theories

 
Considering Alternative Theories

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 6. DEFINE Part 2 – Modeling the Program
Chapter in Context

 
What is a Logic Model?

 
Creating the Logic Model

 
Using the Program’s Logic Model

 
More on Logic Models

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 7. PLAN Part I – Planning the Evaluation
Creating Evaluation Questions

 
Embedding Evaluation Questions into Your Logic Model

 
What Data Should I Collect?

 
Creating the Evaluation Matrix

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
Reflection

 
 
Chapter 8. PLAN Part 2: Evaluation Design
Evaluation Design

 
Evaluation Methods and Tools

 
Evaluation Matrix – Identifying Data Sources

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Part III: Embedded Evaluation - Implementation
 
Chapter 9. IMPLEMENT PART 1 – How Do I Evaluate the Program?
Chapter in Context

 
Informed Consent

 
Collecting the Data

 
Organizing Quantitative Data

 
Organizing Qualitative Data

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 10. IMPLEMENT PART 2 – How Do I Analyze the Data?
Chapter in Context

 
Quantitative Data Analysis – Descriptive Statistics

 
Quantitative Data Analysis – Inferential Statistics

 
Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Managing the Unexpected and Unintended

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 11: INTERPRET – How Do I Interpret the Results?
The Home Stretch

 
Examining Results

 
Interpreting Results

 
Communicating Evaluation Results

 
Enhancing Reporting and Communication

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
Chapter 12: INFORM and REFINE – How Do I Use the Evaluation Results
Purpose of Evaluation

 
Pre-Evaluation: Efforts to Promote Utilization

 
During Evaluation: Ongoing Utilization Efforts

 
Post-Evaluation & Data Dissemination

 
Chapter Summary

 
Reflection and Application

 
 
PART IV: Applications and Special Topics
 
Chapter 13: Case Study Applications
Case Study Applications

 
LEND Evaluation

 
ACCEL Evaluation

 
YAP Case Study

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Appendix A
 
Appendix B
 
Appendix C
 
Appendix D

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site
study.sagepub.com/giancola1e

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Lecture Notes, including Outline and Objectives, which may be used for lecture and/or student handouts.
  • A Sample Syllabus provides a suggested course model for using the book.
  • Assignments and a semester-long course project are available for download, along with grading rubrics.
  • Full-text case studies and journal articles are accompanied by critical thinking/discussion questions.  
  • Tables and figures from the printed book are available in an easily-downloadable format for use in papers, hand-outs, and presentations.
 

“This book is a must for anyone who has looked across a lectern at a sea of panicked expressions on the first day of a program evaluation class. Program Evaluation will calm everyone's nerves and create a bit of excitement at the prospect of learning how to evaluate programs and activities.”

Terry Anderson
Troy University

“An excellent addition to books on program evaluation. This book's practicality and focus on techniques of embedding evaluations in program design and development is invaluable. Multiple audiences including graduate students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers would find the text useful.”

Margaret Lombe
Boston College

“This is a great book that provides the details you need to teach and study program evaluation. The author has tremendous skill and ability to present the materials in and interesting and understandable fashion.”

Michael J. Scicchitano
University of Florida

“This text would be a great addition to a research methods course providing the history as well as the various types of program evaluations for the appropriate type of programs.”

Bret D. Cormier
Southeast Missouri State University

“This unique book relates contemporary realities of program evaluation with a particular focus on 'how to' with relevant real-world examples. This well-conceptualized and well-written piece provides much needed insights on the rudiments of evaluation from the very beginning to the end and serves as invaluable resource to faculty, students, policy makers and key administrators across various levels of government/public affairs. The author candidly narrates the benefits and challenges of evaluation in ways that everyone involved in any form of evaluation at any level can relate to. The book's uniqueness makes it a key addition to the existing literature on evaluation in theory, policy, and praxis terms.”

James Agbodzakey
University of North Texas at Dallas

“This book serves as an excellent 'How to Manual' for conducting program evaluations. The presentation is both interesting and concise.”

Sandra Schrouder
Barry University

Susan P. Giancola

Sue Giancola, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience as an evaluator in both academia and private business. Prior to becoming an evaluator, she worked in corporate and higher education settings on process improvement initiatives. Dr. Giancola is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement program. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in systems engineering and a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in management. She is currently Senior Associate Director of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware.... More About Author

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