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Program Evaluation in Practice: Core Concepts and Examples for Discussion and Analysis

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8685-8
168 pages
February 2008, ©2008, Jossey-Bass
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The lack of teaching cases in program evaluation is often cited as a gap in the field. This ground-breaking book fills this gap, covering the essentials of program evaluation as it is used in education and with a wide variety of evaluation projects to be discussed, analyzed, and reflected upon. The book covers the essentials of program evaluation, including foundation and types of evaluation, tools for collecting data, writing of reports, and sharing of findings. Individual cases cover classroom instruction, community-based program, teacher training, professional development, a secondary-school based program, after-school program, reading achievement, school-improvement grant, and confidentiality. Each case is structured to include learning objectives, program description, evaluation plan, summary of evaluation activities and findings, key concepts, discussion questions, class activities, and suggested reading. As useful for students as it is for evaluators in training, Program Evaluation in Practice is a must-have for those aspiring to become effective evaluators.
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List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION.

1. FOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION.

Program Evaluation Vignette.

What Is Program Evaluation?.

Training in Program Evaluation.

Internal and External Evaluators.

Types or Models of Program Evaluation.

How to Use this Book.

Additional Resources.

Tools for Collecting Data.

Writing the Evaluation Report.

Dissemination and Use of Evaluation Findings.

PART TWO: CASE STUDIES.

2. IMPROVING STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS THROUGH INQUIRY-BASED INSTRUCTION.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluator.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

3. EVALUATION OF A COMMUNITY-BASED MENTOR PROGRAM.

Learning Objective.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

4. TEACHER CANDIDATES INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THEIR STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

5. EVALUATION OF A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY PROJECT IN A LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOL DISTRICT.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluator.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

6. EXPANSION OF A HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE PROGRAM.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

7. EVALUATION OF A PROVEN PRACTICE FOR READING ACHIEVEMENT.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

8. PROJECT PLAN FOR EVALUATION OF A STATEWIDE AFTER-SCHOOL INITIATIVE.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Initial Challenge.

The Evaluation Plan.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

9. AN EVALUATION OF A TRAINING PROGRAM IN MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERS.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

10. EVALUATORS-IN-TRAINING: ISSUES OF CONFIDENTIALITY .

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

11. EVALUATION OF A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANT TO INCREASE PARENT INVOLVEMENT.

Learning Objectives.

The Evaluators.

The Program.

The Evaluation Plan.

Summary of Evaluation Activities and Findings.

Final Thoughts.

Key Concepts.

Discussion Questions.

Class Activities.

Suggested Reading.

References.

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The Author

Dean T. Spaulding is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the College of Saint Rose. He is the former chair for Teaching Program Evaluation for the American Evaluation Association. He is also a coauthor of Methods in Educational Research: From Theory to Practice from Jossey-Bass.

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* A case study book on the essentials of evaluation

* Strong pedagogical structure that lends itself to classroom use

* Filled with learning objectives, key concepts, class activities, discussion questions

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"Structurally, Spaulding's text is a smashing success. The presentation and organization of the content, which is a basic introduction to the foundations of program evaluation and the stand-alone case studies, provide optimum opportunities to support authentic learning about a diverse set of topics central to the practice of program evaluation. Spaulding developed "frameworks" to guide each case study. Consistent across cases, the framework includes information about the evaluator, the program, the evaluation plan, the summary of evaluation activities and findings, and the final thoughts. This technique provides both instructors and students the necessary scaffolding to build on students' prior knowledge to develop a fund of knowledge specific to the practice of program evaluation.

"As a junior faculty member responsible for teaching evaluation courses, I would have no way of personally accumulating the number and diversity of program evaluation examples to be used in my course of the caliber contained in this text. Moreover, as program evaluation courses increasingly become core curricula in diverse graduate programs around the world this is no trivial contribution made by Spaulding." – American Journal of Evaluation, September 2009

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