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Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, 2nd Edition



Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, 2nd Edition

Joseph S. Wholey (Editor), Harry P. Hatry (Editor), Kathryn E. Newcomer (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-00815-7 May 2004 Jossey-Bass 768 Pages

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The second edition of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation offers managers, analysts, consultants, and educators in government, nonprofit, and private institutions a valuable resource that outlines efficient and economical methods for assessing program results and identifying ways to improve program performance. The Handbook has been thoroughly revised.  Many new chapters have been prepared for this edition, including chapters on logic modeling and on evaluation applications for small nonprofit organizations. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation is a comprehensive resource on evaluation, covering both in-depth program evaluations and performance monitoring.  It presents evaluation methods that will be useful at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations.

Figures, Tables, and Exhibits xi

Preface xvii

The Editors xix

The Contributors xxiii

Meeting the Need for Practical Evaluation Approaches: An Introduction xxxiii
Kathryn E. Newcomer, Harry P. Hatry, Joseph S. Wholey

Part One: Designing Performance Monitoring Systems and Evaluation Studies 1

1. Using Logic Models 7
John A. McLaughlin, Gretchen B. Jordan

2. Evaluability Assessment 33
Joseph S. Wholey

3. Implementation Evaluation 63
Arnold Love

4. Performance Monitoring 98
Theodore H. Poister

5. Quasi-Experimentation 126
Charles S. Reichardt, Melvin M. Mark

6. Using Randomized Experiments 150
Robert G. St. Pierre

7. Meta-Analysis, Systematic Reviews, and Research Syntheses 176
Robert F. Boruch, Anthony Petrosino

Part Two: Practical Data Collection Procedures 205

8. Trained Observer Ratings 211
John M. Greiner

9. Using Surveys 257
Kathryn E. Newcomer, Timothy Triplett

10. Using Expert Judgment 292
Harvey A. Averch

11. Role Playing 310
Margery Austin Turner, Wendy Zimmermann

12. Using Focus Groups 340
Robert Goldenkoff

13. Collecting Data in the Field 363
Demetra Smith Nightingale, Shelli Balter Rossman

14. Using Agency Records 396
Harry P. Hatry

Part Three: Analyzing Evaluation Data 413

15. Qualitative Data Analysis 417
Sharon L. Caudle

16. Using Statistics in Evaluation 439
Kathryn E. Newcomer, Philip W. Wirtz

17. Using Regression Analysis 479
Dale E. Berger

18. Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis 506
James Edwin Kee

Part Four: Getting Evaluation Results Used 543

19. Pitfalls of Evaluation 547
Harry P. Hatry, Kathryn E. Newcomer

20. Managing Evaluation Projects 571
James B. Bell

21. Writing for Impact 604
George F. Grob

22. Using Organizational Report Cards 628
William T. Gormley Jr.

23. The Use of Evaluation by Nonprofit Organizations 649
Mary E. Kopczynski, Kathleen Pritchard

24. Other Issues and Trends in Evaluation 670
Harry P. Hatry, Joseph S. Wholey, Kathryn E. Newcomer

Name Index 685

Subject Index 693

This is new and much improved version of the widely-used Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. The new edition is a new book that includes new, current, and much improved chapters on:

* logic modeling

* implementation evaluation

* performance monitoring

* quasi-experimentation

* randomized experiments

* meta-analysis, systematic research reviews, and research syntheses

* qualitative data analysis

* pitfalls of evaluation

* writing for impact

* organizational report cards

* use of evaluation by nonprofit organizations

Almost all the other chapters have been substantially revised, with new material that makes them current.

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  • Classic evaluation handbook, featuring contributions by the field's best known practitioners and academics
  • Second edition substantially revised, with updated budget figures and new chapters on logic modelling and evaluation practices for the small nonprofit
  • Detailed charts and illustrations illustrate key evaluation principles
  • Online Instructor's Guide and Sample Syllabus