Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Paperback)
  • Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Paperback)

Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Paperback)

Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 22/11/2004
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This book introduces evaluation by focusing on the main kinds of `big picture' questions that evaluations usually need to answer, and how the nature of such questions are linked to evaluation methodology choices. The author: shows how to identify the right criteria for your evaluation; discusses how to objectively figure out which criteria are more important than the others; and, delves into how to combine a mix of qualitative and quantitative data with `relevant values' (such as needs) to draw explicitly evaluative conclusions.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9780761929307
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm

"Amidst the wash of methods books available to evaluators, Davidson's book provides powerful techniques for asking and answering the important foundational questions in any program evaluation." -- Doug Leigh
"This is a very well written book that offers a unique perspective on long-practiced evaluation techniques and presents several new, potentially very useful, techniques that return "valuation" to the evaluation process." -- Greg Roberts
"What is evaluation-specific logic and methodology? This book answers that question in a way that is persuasive, accessible, and understandable. It presents a set of principles and procedures to guide the task of blending descriptive data with relevant values to draw explicitly evaluative conclusions. The book makes a significant contribution to positioning evaluation as a unique and special field of inquiry and judgment." -- Michael Quinn Patton
"Evaluation Methodology Basics is yet another excellent book from Sage. This would be a good book to use for a graduate-level course in evaluation techniques or as a template for anyone who is new to the techniques of program evaluation." -- Annette M. Matthews
"The text is not only a great introduction for novices, but a toolbox with new perspectives for conducting sound evaluation that integrates values with facts into evaluative conclusions. As such Evaluation Methodology Basics should be on every evaluator's shelf." -- Daniela Schroeter
"I welcome this student-friendly text to complement my favorite checklists. This text develops the core checklist framework to provide evaluation methodology basics for, presumably mainly, introductory courses on program evaluation." -- Colin Sharp

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