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Introduction to Evaluation

by Chris Fox, Robert Grimm and Rute Caldeira SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
11/2016
ISBN:
9781473902879
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Pbk 328 pages
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Both practical and theoretical in approach, this book is the perfect companion for student researchers and policy makers alike. It provides actionable advice for planning and implementing evaluations, while also instilling an ability to assess the evaluations of others and consider the ways in which evaluation evidence could influence policy and practice.   


 


Drawing upon a wide range of examples from policy areas like education, criminal justice, and health and social care, this book showcases how evaluation is an interdisciplinary research practice with a spectrum of applications. Each chapter contains philosophical underpinnings and applied knowledge as well as examples from published evaluations.    


 


Specific topics include how to:


•Choose an approach to evaluation


•Plan, design, and conduct evaluations


•Approach evaluations using theories of change


•Differentiate between process, impact, and economic evaluations


•Understand the role of quantitative and qualitative methods in data collection  


•Use systematic reviews and other tools to assess and disseminate evaluation findings  


 


From getting started in the field to turning evidence into policy, this book will guide you through every step of the evaluation process.

SECTION ONE: GETTING STARTED
What is evaluation?
The ethics of evaluations
SECTION TWO: UNDERTAKING AN EVALUATION
Theories of change
Process evaluation
Impact evaluation
Economic evaluation
Evaluation methods
SECTION 3: THE PRACTICE OF EVALUATION
Planning an evaluation
Conducting an evaluation
SECTION 4: USING EVALUATION FINDINGS
Systematic reviews
Knowledge mobilisation: getting evidence into policy and practice
SECTION 5: EVALUATION PARADIGMS
Evaluation paradigms and the limits of evidence based policy
Conclusion

This book offers a refreshingly applied view of evaluation and shows how to fit methods and techniques to the contrasting circumstances and needs of different projects. Its cross-theory approach and practical examples will help advanced students and researchers alike address the real tensions that evaluators today face from rising user expectations and diminishing budgets and timeframes.

Chris Fox - Manchester Metropolitan University


Robert Grimm - Manchester Metropolitan University


Rute Caldeira - Head of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning at Transparency International