Evaluating social programs and problems : visions for the new millennium /

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Other Authors / Creators:Donaldson, Stewart I.
Scriven, Michael.
Format: Book
Imprint: Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003.
Summary:Today's evaluators are being challenged to help design and evaluate social programs intended to prevent and ameliorate complex social problems in a variety of settings, including schools, communities, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Drawing upon the knowledge and experience of world-renowned evaluators, the goal of this new book is to provide the most up-to-date theorizing about how to practice evaluation in the new millennium. It features specific examples of evaluations of social programs and problems, including the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular and promising evaluation approaches, to help readers determine when particular methods are likely to be most effective. As such, it is the most comprehensive volume available on modern theories of evaluation practice.<br> <br> Evaluating Social Programs and Problems presents diverse, cutting-edge perspectives articulated by prominent evaluators and evaluation theorists on topics including, but not limited to:<br> *Michael Scriven on evaluation as a trans-discipline;<br> *Joseph S. Wholey on results-oriented management;<br> *David Fetterman on empowerment evaluation;<br> *Yvonna S. Lincoln on fourth-generation evaluation;<br> *Donna M. Mertens on inclusive evaluation;<br> *Stewart I. Donaldson on theory-driven evaluation; and<br> *Melvin M. Mark on an integrated view of diverse visions for evaluation.<br> <br> Evaluating Social Programs and Problems is a valuable resource and should be considered required reading for practicing evaluators, evaluators-in-training, scholars and teachers of evaluation and research methods, and other professionals interested in improving social problem-solving efforts in the new millennium.<br>
Item Description:Proceedings of a symposium held Feb. 24, 2001.
"The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology"--Cover.
Physical Description:x, 219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Author Notes:Dr. Thomas D. Cook is Professor of Sociology, Psychology, Education and Social Policy Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Dr. William D. Crano is Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University
Dr. Stewart I. Donaldson is Professor and Chair of Psychology, Director of the Institute of Organizational and Program Evaluation Research, and Dean of the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
Dr. David M. Fetterman is a member of the faculty and the Director of the MA Policy Analysis and Evaluation Program in the School of Education at Stanford University
Dr. Bianca L. Guzman is a community psychologist and Director of Research of CHOICES
Dr. Yvonna S. Lincoln is Ruth Harrington Chair of Educational Leadership and University Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Texas A&M University
Dr. Melvin M. Mark is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation at Penn State
Dr. Donna M. Mertens is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at Gallaudet University
Dr. Michael Scriven is Professor of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University
Dr. Edith P. Thomas is the National Program Leader for Nutrition and Food Security in the Families, 4-H and Nutrition Unit of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Joseph S. Wholey is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Southern California and Senior Advisor for Performance and Accountability at the U. S. General Accounting Office