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Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Fourth Edition


June 2008 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Both practical and theoretical, the Fourth Edition of the bestseller shows how to conduct program evaluations and why to conduct them in the manner prescribed. This entirely rewritten edition offers readers a full-fledged evaluation text from identifying primary users of an evaluation to focusing the evaluation, making methods decisions, analyzing data, and presenting findings.

Key Features of the Fourth Edition

- Provides thoroughly updated materials: all chapters have updated references, new exhibits and sidebars, and new examples and stories—and most have new cartoons.

- Offers new developments in stakeholder analysis

- Includes a utilization-focused checklist

- Gives greater emphasis on mixed methods

- Details the explosion of international evaluation

- Contains updated web references, examples, and citations

 
PART I. TOWARD MORE USEFUL EVALUATIONS
 
1. Evaluation Use: Both Challenge and Mandate
 
2. What Is Utilization-Focused Evaluation? How Do You Get Started?
 
3. Fostering Intended Use by Intended Users: The Personal Factor
 
4. Intended Uses of Findings
 
5. Intended Process Uses: Impacts of Evaluative Thinking and Experiences
 
PART II. FOCUSING EVALUATIONS: CHOICES, OPTIONS, AND DECISIONS
 
6. Situational Evaluation: Being Active-Reactive-Interactive-Adaptive
 
7. Focusing on Outcomes: Beyond the Goals Clarification Game
 
8. Evaluation Focus Options: Developmental Evaluation and Other Alternatives
 
9. Implementation Evaluation: What Happened in the Program?
 
10. Conceptualizing the Intervention: Alternatives for Evaluating Theories of Change
 
PART III. APPROPRIATE METHODS
 
11. Evaluations Worth Using: Utilization-Focused Methods Decisions
 
12. The Paradigms Debate and a Utilization-Focused Synthesis
 
13. The Meanings and Reporting of Evaluation Findings: Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment, and Recommendations
 
PART IV. REALITIES AND PRACTICALITIES OF UTILIZATION-FOCUSED EVALUATION
 
14. Power, Politics, and Ethics
 
15. Utilization-Focused Evaluation: Processes and Premises

Michael Quinn Patton

Michael Quinn Patton is an independent consultant with more than 40 years’ experience conducting applied research and program evaluations. He lives in Minnesota, where, according to the state’s poet laureate, Garrison Keillor, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” It was this interesting lack of statistical variation in Minnesota that led him to qualitative inquiry despite the strong quantitative orientation of his doctoral studies in sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 18 years, including 5 years as director of the... More About Author

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