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Experimental Evaluation Design for Program Improvement

Experimental Evaluation Design for Program Improvement

October 2019 | 104 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book, from SAGE's Evaluation in Practice series, considers variants of experimental evaluation designs, including those that are not commonly used but could be with much greater frequency. It also includes instructions for how to set up such experiments within program processes to learn about the effects of improvement efforts.

Chapter 1: Introduction
The State of the Field  
The Ethics of Experimentation  
What This Book Covers  
Chapter 2: Conceptual Framework from Program Logic Model to Evaluation Logic Model
Program Logic Model  
Evaluation Logic Model  
Chapter 3: The Basic Experimental Design Deferred
Random Assignment Explained  
The Basic (Two-Armed) Experimental Design  
To Have a Control Group or Not to Have Control Group  
Chapter 4: Variants of the Experimental Design
Multi-armed Experiments  
Factorial Experiments  
Multistage Experiments  
Staggered Introduction Designs  
Blended Designs  
Aligning Evaluation Design Options with Program Characteristics and Research Questions  
Chapter 5: Practical Considerations and Conclusion
Some Practical Considerations  
Road Testing  
Principles for Conducting High-Quality Evaluation  
Works Cited

Peck reminds us that the results from experiments only inform us about average effects, but more importantly provides us with the information necessary to look inside the "black box."

Roger Boothroyd
University of South Florida
Post-revision review

Experimental evaluations are feasible under the right conditions. This book is an excellent guide for evaluators that want to apply this underutilized design in their practice.

Sebastian Galindo
University of Florida
Post-revision review

 A sophisticated and well-written treatise of evaluation design to improve policies and programs.

Katrin Anacker
George Mason University
pre-publication review

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ISBN: 9781506390055