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The Program Evaluation Standards

The Program Evaluation Standards
A Guide for Evaluators and Evaluation Users

Third Edition

July 2010 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation ( is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developer, sponsored by 17 North American professional organizations. With oversight from the JCSEE, Yarbrough, Schula, Hopson, and Caruthers have revised and illustrated this new edition of the Program Evaluation Standards. These thirty standards support the core attributes of evaluation quality: utility, feasibility, propriety, accuracy, and accountability, and provide guidance to anyone interested in planning, implementing, or using program evaluations.

This new edition:

- Provides extensive attention to cultures and contexts in evaluations

- Encourages reflective practice based on in-depth understanding of standards and their applications

- Suggests flexible approaches for learning how to use the standards

- Includes a new section, Evaluation Accountability, emphasizing metaevaluation for improvement and accountability guided by three new metaevaluation standards

- Includes case scenarios and applications across multiple standards to help users apply the standards individually and in concert

- Offers updated documentation reference lists.

The Joint Committee
Author Page
Applying the Standards
The Functional Table of Standards
Evaluation Accountability
Documentation Reference Lists
Appendix A: The 1981 Program Evaluation Standards
Appendix B: The 1994 Program Evaluation Standards

This book summarizes the standards to which the students will be held. It will stand them in good stead both as a text for this course and as a reference in the future.

Dr Paula Dawidowicz
School Of Education, Walden University
October 12, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters



Donald B. Yarbrough

Donald B. Yarbrough, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Evaluation and Assessment and Professor of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations at the University of Iowa. He is the current chair of the JCSEE and has been a member since 1996, sponsored until 2008 by the National Council on Measurement in Education. He served as a writer for the Personnel Evaluation Standards and the Student Evaluation Standards and has helped organize and conduct numerous evaluation standards development activities, including national hearings and field trials. In addition to authoring and co-authoring more than 100 evaluation reports, he has published... More About Author

Lyn M. Shulha

Lyn M. Shulha is Professor and a Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada. Lyn has served on the JCSEE since 2003, sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Lyn is also a long time active member of the American Evaluation Association. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Evaluation, The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, the Journal Evaluation and Program Planning, and is an Associate Editor of the new international journal, Assessment Matters. An active evaluator and researcher in assessment and evaluation, Lyn’s interests include... More About Author

Rodney K. Hopson

Rodney K.M. Hopson is Hillman Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education, and faculty member in the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University. With funding support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and other funding streams, Hopson has raised more than $3 million in the last five years in the support of graduate and post-graduate students of color in natural and social sciences to contribute to the development of interests that focus on democratically-oriented... More About Author

Flora A. Caruthers

Flora A. Caruthers is the Staff Director for Technical Services and Staff Development for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). Since joining the staff in 1982, she has served in a variety of positions, including leader for a number of education-related program evaluations. Since 1996 she has been responsible for OPPAGA's personnel, budget, staff recruitment, and training functions. Her previous professional experiences include service as an elementary school teacher, university administrator and faculty member, and evaluation consultant for postsecondary education. She also... More About Author

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