EVALUATION ESSENTIALS ALKIN PDF

The examples are easy to understand. Whether you are new to evaluation or are a professional looking for a refresher on fundamentals, this book offers an alphabet soup sure to please the palate. Highlights include a strong, clear explication of the concept of the logic model and an insightful discussion of contracts and agreements An excellent resource for individuals thinking about entering the field and program administrators who are intent on being thoughtful and data oriented in their own practice.

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The examples are easy to understand. Whether you are new to evaluation or are a professional looking for a refresher on fundamentals, this book offers an alphabet soup sure to please the palate.

Highlights include a strong, clear explication of the concept of the logic model and an insightful discussion of contracts and agreements An excellent resource for individuals thinking about entering the field and program administrators who are intent on being thoughtful and data oriented in their own practice.

Alkin was one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Evaluation and was its Director for 7 years. The Center, established in by the U. Alkin is a leading authority in the field of evaluation. He has published important research studies on the use of evaluation information in decision making and on comparative evaluation theory. His publications include five books and more than journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and technical reports. He has been a consultant to numerous national governments and has directed program evaluations in 14 different countries.

What Is Evaluation? Professional Program Evaluation. Evaluation and Research. Evaluation Definition. A Confusion of Terms. Evaluation Purposes. Why Do Evaluations? Making Decisions. Issues for Professional Evaluation. Who Does Evaluations? Evaluator Settings. Multiple Orientations to Doing Evaluation. My View. Who Are the Stakeholders for an Evaluation? Stakeholders-Not Audience. Who Are the Stakeholders?

Focus on Primary Stakeholders. Differences in Stakeholder Participation. Concluding Note. Organizational Context. Social Context. Political Context. My Advice. Thinking Ahead. How Do You Describe the Program?

Program Components. Program Size and Organizational Location. Program Differences. What Should We Know about Programs. Learning about the Program. How Do You "Understand" the Program? Theory of Action. Logic Models. Why is This Important? A Partial Logic Model. Getting Started. Kinds of Evaluation Questions. Getting Started on Defining Questions. Some Next Steps. Who Provides Data? Again, Be Clear on the Questions. Focus of the Data. Selecting Individuals. Instruments for Attaining Quantitative Data.

Acquisition of Data. Existing Data. Finding Existing Instruments. Developing New Instruments. Questionnaire Construction. Measuring Achievement. Achievement Test Construction. Observation Protocols. Interviews and Focus Groups. Surveys and Questionnaires. What Are the Logistics of Data Collection?

Gaining Data Access. Collecting Data. Quality of Data. Stage of the Program. Nature of the Question. Establishing Standards. Technical Issues. Ethical Issues. Political Feasibility. The Evaluation Design. Process Measures. Program Elements. Program Mechanisms. An Exercise to Assist Us. Toward Stronger Causal Models. Descriptive Designs. Mixed Methods. Evaluation Activities: Past, Present, and Upcoming. The Written Evaluation Plan. The Contract. How Are Quantitative Data Analyzed?

Types of Data. A First Acquaintance with the Data. Measures of Central Tendency. Measures of Variability. Getting Further Acquainted with the Data. Descriptive and Inferential Statistics. Are the Results Significant? Appropriate Statistical Techniques. My Warning. How Are Qualitative Data Analyzed? Refining the Data. Testing the Validity of the Analysis. Difficulties in Valuing.

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Evaluation Essentials, Second Edition: From A to Z

Nursing Table of contents 1. What Is Evaluation? Professional Program Evaluation. Evaluation and Research.

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Marvin C. Alkin

This wonderful primer meets a glaring need in the evaluation literature, offering a brilliant introduction to the basics and practical realities of conducting modern evaluations. The engaging and practical approach will guarantee that this volume becomes required reading in many introductory evaluation courses and professional development trainings. The concise chapters allow quick access to a given topic, making the book an excellent resource for individuals thinking about entering the field and program administrators who are intent on being thoughtful and data oriented in their own practice. This book delivers all those for evaluation. The style is personal. The examples are easy to understand

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Books by Marvin C Alkin

Jump to navigation Jump to search Marvin C. In addition, he is one of only four people to receive both of the major scholarly awards of the American Evaluation Association AEA. In , he was the winner of the Paul F. He has been editor or associate editor of eight academic journals, including the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Journal, Evaluation Review, and Studies in Educational Evaluation.

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