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Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Public and Nonprofit Policies and Programs (Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public Management Series)

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Publisher Comments:

This is one of the most coherent and comprehensive theories of evaluation yet formulated and one that makes a most valuable contribution. The authors are pioneering in important new directions.

--Ernest R. House, author of Professional Evaluation and Evaluating with Validity

This book is the best I've ever read detailing a practical theory of evaluation. It is comprehensive, beautifully written, and makes sense of the evaluation enterprise. It does so by emphasizing the major function of evaluation as sense-making about policies and programs.

--Thomas D. Cook, professor, sociology, psychology, education, and public policy, Northwestern University

Programs that serve the needs of the public continually face changes brought by social, political, and economic forces. To survive these changes, organizations must evaluate their programs wisely and realistically. This book offers a new approach to evaluation, one that will encourage all kinds of organizations and agencies to improve their contributions to social betterment. The authors draw from three decades of evaluation practice and theory to present their own framework for conceptualizing evaluation and for pragmatically assessing social policies and programs.

They analyze four purposes of evaluation:

* To review the merit of programs and their value to society

* To improve the organization and its services

* To ensure program compliance with mandates

* To build knowledge and expertise for future programs

For the practitioner, these purposes help define the approach and methods for an evaluation. The authors also enrich their discussion with four possible modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Filled with tables, charts, and figures, this resource invites organizations to make the most appropriate programming decisions based on thoughtful and systematic methods. Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs is a tool that scholars can use to rejuvenate their view of evaluation and that practitioners can use to integrate the best techniques with a contemporary understanding of social policy and change.

Book News Annotation:

Presents a theory of evaluation as assisted sense-making, with social betterment as its ultimate objective. Mark (psychology, Pennsylvania State U.) and two co-authors analyze four purposes of evaluation: to review the merit of programs and their value to society, to improve the organization and its services, to ensure program compliance with mandates, and to build knowledge and expertise for future programs. One chapter is devoted to each of four key modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Note: the publisher has changed the subtitle; some copies show the old subtitle:
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Presenting a new framework for understanding social policy and program evaluation, this practical guide gives evaluators in the field tools for gaining useful information efficiently and successfully.

Synopsis:

For the practitioner, these purposes help define the approach and methods for an evaluation. The authors also enrich their discussion with four possible modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Filled with tables, charts, and figures, this resource invites organizations to make the most appropriate programming decisions based on thoughtful and systematic methods. "Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs" is a tool that scholars can use to rejuvenate their view of evaluation and that practitioners can use to integrate the best techniques with a contemporary understanding of social policy and change.

Synopsis:

Programs that serve the needs of the public continually face changes brought by social, political, and economic forces. To survive these changes, organizations must evaluate their programs wisely and realistically. This book offers a new approach to evaluation, one that will encourage all kinds of organizations and agencies to improve their contributions to social betterment. The authors draw from three decades of evaluation practice and theory to present their own framework for conceptualizing evaluation and for pragmatically assessing social policies and programs.

They analyze four purposes of evaluation:

  • To review the merit of programs and their value to society
  • To improve the organization and its services
  • To ensure program compliance with mandates
  • To build knowledge and expertise for future programs

For the practitioner, these purposes help define the approach and methods for an evaluation. The authors also enrich their discussion with four possible modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Filled with tables, charts, and figures, this resource invites organizations to make the most appropriate programming decisions based on thoughtful and systematic methods. Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs is a tool that scholars can use to rejuvenate their view of evaluation and that practitioners can use to integrate the best techniques with a contemporary understanding of social policy and change.

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Table of Contents

A Brief Overview of the Evaluation Enterprise.

A Framework for Describing and Planning Evaluations.

Social Betterment.

Realist Foundations for Sensemaking Through Evaluation.

Aligning Betterment, Purposes, Modes of Inquiry, and Methods for Sensemaking in a Realist World.

Evaluation Planning for Sensemaking in a Real(ist) World.

Methods for Description.

Classification.

Methods for Causal Analysis.

Values Inquiry.

Evaluation as Assisted Sensemaking: A Reprise.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787948023
Author:
Mark, Melvin
Author:
Julnes, George
Author:
Mark, Melvin M.
Author:
Henry, Gary T.
Author:
Henry, Gary
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Policy sciences
Subject:
Evaluation research
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
Subject:
Evaluation research (social action programs)
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Psychology Special Topics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public Management Series
Series Volume:
Bd. 1
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.20x6.40x1.26 in. 1.69 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Presenting a new framework for understanding social policy and program evaluation, this practical guide gives evaluators in the field tools for gaining useful information efficiently and successfully.
"Synopsis" by , For the practitioner, these purposes help define the approach and methods for an evaluation. The authors also enrich their discussion with four possible modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Filled with tables, charts, and figures, this resource invites organizations to make the most appropriate programming decisions based on thoughtful and systematic methods. "Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs" is a tool that scholars can use to rejuvenate their view of evaluation and that practitioners can use to integrate the best techniques with a contemporary understanding of social policy and change.
"Synopsis" by , Programs that serve the needs of the public continually face changes brought by social, political, and economic forces. To survive these changes, organizations must evaluate their programs wisely and realistically. This book offers a new approach to evaluation, one that will encourage all kinds of organizations and agencies to improve their contributions to social betterment. The authors draw from three decades of evaluation practice and theory to present their own framework for conceptualizing evaluation and for pragmatically assessing social policies and programs.

They analyze four purposes of evaluation:

  • To review the merit of programs and their value to society
  • To improve the organization and its services
  • To ensure program compliance with mandates
  • To build knowledge and expertise for future programs

For the practitioner, these purposes help define the approach and methods for an evaluation. The authors also enrich their discussion with four possible modes of inquiry: description, classification, causal analysis, and values inquiry. Filled with tables, charts, and figures, this resource invites organizations to make the most appropriate programming decisions based on thoughtful and systematic methods. Evaluation: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Guiding, and Improving Policies and Programs is a tool that scholars can use to rejuvenate their view of evaluation and that practitioners can use to integrate the best techniques with a contemporary understanding of social policy and change.

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